After a national search, the Kansas State Wildcats appear to have found the next face of the baseball program. Agreeing to a five year deal, the university will formally announce Pete Hughes as the head coach on Tuesday during a press conference. Previously serving as a volunteer assistant at Georgia, it’s not Hughes’ first position in the Big 12 Conference.
In 2013, Hughes assumed the role of head coach with the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoping to build the program into a national contender, the coach posted a 128-107-1 record in four years. Returning to the NCAA Tournament in his fourth year at OU, the team earned a single win before being eliminated. Following the defeat, the university and Hughes mutually agreed to part ways.
Regardless of how things ended, former players had nothing but praise for the former Sooner. Jake Irvin said, “One of the best men I’ve ever met. Forever grateful to Coach Hughes for taking a chance on me and making me an Oklahoma Sooner. Very well deserved, and I could not be happier for the Hughes family.”
With a new opportunity set before him, Hughes is set to make $375,000 in his first year. Each following year, the head coach will received a $10,000 increase in earnings.