Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor was looking for someone with a track record of building baseball programs.
He believes he found that man in Pete Hughes.
Taylor on Friday announced Hughes, a veteran with 21 years of experience in charge, as the 21st head baseball coach at K-State. Hughes, who replaces Brad Hill, has an overall record of 651-490-1 with previous head coaching stints at Trinity (Texas), Boston College, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma.
He will be formally introduced at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Vanier Complex’s Steel & Pipe Team Theater in Manhattan.
Hughes agreed to a five-year contract that pays him $375,000 in the first year with $10,000 annual increases each of the following four years.
“When we set out to hire our next baseball coach, we concentrated on finding someone with a proven track record of building and developing a successful program at the Power Five level,” Taylor said in a university news release. “That is our need at this time — rebuilding a competitive program. Everyone that we talked to throughout this process emphasized the gritty determination of Pete’s teams, his emphasis on preparation and fielding fundamentally sound teams, his relentless approach to recruiting, his focus on identifying and developing the hard-working, blue collar-type of player that will bleed purple, his commitment to community service and his devotion to his family.
“His record of success is impressive, and he operates his program the right way. Combine all these factors and we felt we had the right man to help lead our program back to the level of success we want to achieve at K-State.”