Pete Hughes took over the reigns of the Virginia Tech baseball program in the summer of 2006, following the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Chuck Hartman after 28 years at Tech and 47 years as a head coach. Hughes has earned a reputation for producing results on the field and in the classroom during his 12 years as a head coach on the collegiate level, and two seasons into his Blacksburg tenure, that reputation is proving to be true. With Hughes and his staff having rebuilt the roster through tireless recruiting efforts, Hughes appears to have the Hokies poised to post their best record since joining the ACC.
Before arriving at Tech, Hughes, 41, spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach at Boston College, where he compiled a 250-181-2 record. He also was the head coach at Trinity University in Texas for two seasons (1997-98), guiding the Tigers to a 52-30 mark.
Hughes was named BIG EAST, New England and ABCA/Diamond Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year following the 2000 season. He also earned BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and was the New England Coach of the Year again in 2005. Hughes took the Eagles to the BIG EAST Tournament a total of five times in seven seasons.
Thirty-one players who were coached or recruited by Hughes at BC have been drafted or signed pro contracts, and four have received All-American honors. Twenty-eight of those 32 players were undrafted out of high school, a further testament to his commitment to developing and helping players reach their full potential.
At Trinity University (Texas), Hughes inherited a team that had averaged 11 wins per season in each of the previous 17 years. In just two years with the program, Trinity averaged 26 victories and won 63 percent of its games under Hughes, setting the school record for wins (33) and earning a regular season conference championship during his second and final season in 1998.
Hughes began his coaching career at Hamilton College in New York in 1990-91 and found himself torn between football and baseball. During his year at Hamilton, he served as an assistant in football and held the top assistant and recruiting coordinator jobs for baseball. He continued his dual-sport coaching roles in the very same capacities at Northeastern University in Boston from fall 1991 through spring 1996. When he started his stint with the Huskies, he was the youngest full-time assistant coach in the Division I-AA football ranks, but when he left, he headed to the state of Texas to be a college baseball head coach.