Two weeks after Sunny Golloway bolted the Oklahoma Sooners baseball team for the greener pastures of the SEC, Oklahoma seems ready to name his replacement. Much like how Auburn lured Golloway away with a nice pay raise, the Sooners also targeted another program’s head coach, this one the Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Pete Hughes.
The news was first reported by the Richmond (Va.) Times Dispatch on June 27. The paper had a source reveal that Hughes was leaving for OU and his assistant Pat Mason would take over coaching duties in his place. Virginia Tech has scheduled a press conference for this afternoon, almost confirming the source.
Hughes will have some work to do with the Oklahoma Sooners baseball program, because Golloway took some assistants with him to Auburn, leaving the Sooners very short handed.
At Virginia Tech, Hughes served as the Hokies head coach for seven years and compiled a 222-144 record. This season, Virginia Tech finished with a record of 40-22 and was in the ACC Championship game. They also hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history. Interestingly, it was the Sooners who ended their season by winning that specific Regional’s.
While Hughes said he wanted to work on an extension to his contract because there was no school he wanted to coach other than Virginia Tech, he changed his mind when the Sooners came calling. This will be a big step up for Hughes. While his team won 40 games this past season, the Oklahoma Sooners baseball program has won 40 or more games every year over the last five seasons.
Pete Hughes is a veteran coach, leading Boston College for eight seasons before joining Virginia Tech.