Kendall Rogers, managing editor for D1Baseball.com, tweeted late Wednesday morning that sources had told him K-State plans to announce former Oklahoma skipper Pete Hughes as its new baseball coach.
K-State officials wouldn’t confirm Rogers’ report and haven’t scheduled a news conference to name a coach nor specified a timetable for making the hire.
K-State athletic director Gene Taylor announced May 8 that Hill — the winningest coach in program history but one who finished with a losing record in four of his final five campaigns — would resign following the season.
Hill came to Manhattan in 2003 after leading Central Missouri to the NCAA Division II national championship. In 15 seasons with the Wildcats he amassed a record of 468-391-3.
Hughes worked this past season as a volunteer assistant at Georgia, which hosted an NCAA regional but lost to Duke.
Hughes has a record of 651-490-1 and led three teams to NCAA regional appearances in 21 seasons as a head coach, with stints at Trinity (Texas), Boston College, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma. He coached the Sooners from 2014-17, going 127-105-1 overall and 44-51 in the Big 12 before being dismissed.
A former two-sport standout at Davidson College, where he was a third baseman on the baseball team and four-year starting quarterback in football, Hughes was named Big East coach of the year in 2000 and 2002 while at Boston College. He was 250-181-1 overall and 102-99 in league play with the Eagles from 1999-2006, and he was 222-174 overall and 78-130 in the ACC at Virginia Tech from 2007-13.
K-State last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2013, when Hill guided the team to a school-record 45 wins against 19 losses. The Wildcats won their first conference championship since 1933 with a 16-9 Big 12 mark and made their only appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals.
Since that historic season, the Wildcats are 129-146 in all games and 36-84 in the conference, finishing last in the Big 12 in three of five seasons.
to open at night
Kansas State’s football team will begin under the lights for the seventh time in eight seasons.
The Wildcats’ season opener against South Dakota will kick off at 6:10 p.m. Sept. 1 in Snyder Family Stadium, K-State officials announced Wednesday. The game will be televised by ESPN3.
K-State is 4-0 against South Dakota, including a 34-0 victory to open the 2015 season. The previous three meetings took place from 1980-82.
The Wildcats’ first three games will be played at home. K-State’s contest against Mississippi State will kick at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 and be televised by ESPN, and its final nonconference game, against UTSA, will start at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 and be shown by Fox Sports Net.
K-State will open Big 12 play at West Virginia on Sept. 22. Game time and TV information have yet to be announced.