The 50-year-old Hughes has won 652 games at Trinity, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma, and spent this season as a volunteer assistant at Georgia.
Brockton native Pete Hughes is back in charge of a Division 1 college baseball program following a one-year absence.
The 50-year-old Hughes was introduced this week as the new head coach at Kansas State University after spending the 2018 season as a volunteer assistant at the University of Georgia.
Hughes, who began his head coaching career at Division 3 Trinity University in Texas, had previously coached at Boston College, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma during a 21-year career.
“It is an absolute honor to be the head baseball coach at Kansas State,’’ said Hughes during an introductory press conference Tuesday morning in Manhattan, Kansas. “I am going to build this program like I have in past experiences.
“It is going to come from a strong foundation. Our foundation is going to be deeply rooted in our academic message, what we do in the community and how we prepare on the baseball field, in the weight room and all of our training.
“Academically, our student-athletes will never, ever, take lightly the responsibility of being a student-athlete. Our student-athletes will be a presence and will thrive in the community. Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve, our student-athletes will be a presence in this community, they will be privileged and never entitled members of the Manhattan community.’’
Hughes has compiled a 652-492-3 record at Trinity, BC, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma and has had 74 players selected in the Major League Draft, including 15 in the top 10 rounds.
The 1990 graduate of Davidson who was a standout athlete at BC High, Hughes signed a five-year contract at Kansas State, which was 23-31 last season and went 5-19 in the Big 12 Conference.
Hughes spent four seasons at Oklahoma and went 35-24 with a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2017, but he resigned following the season with one year remaining on a five-year contract. He went 128-107-1 with the Sooners.
After working with the infielders at Georgia, which made the NCAA tournament, Hughes is looking to improve the Wildcats, who have had two winning seasons in the past seven years.
“We identified Pete early,’’ said director of athletics Gene Taylor at the press conference. “Pete was a guy that we heard about, and he also expressed interest early in our program. We started to look into his background and talk to people across the country, both people that he’s worked for and people that he’s worked with, folks that he’s played with and so on.
“The common thing for Pete was that he is a relentless recruiter. He is an extremely hard worker. He’s a tremendous family man. He is tremendous in the community. His teams are going to be some of the most fundamentally sound and competitive baseball programs in the country. Coaches said, ‘We don’t like playing against his teams.’’’
Two of Hughes’ sons, Thomas and Hal, are infielders at Oklahoma and LSU, respectively.
Coleman earns honor: Ulyen Coleman of Brockton, who will enter his sophomore year at Southern Connecticut State this fall, was recently selected to the national all-freshman team in men’s basketball by the Division 2 Bulletin.
Coleman, a Catholic Memorial graduate, was one of 10 players chosen in the country.
After averaging 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Owls, Coleman was named the Northeast-10 Conference and ECAC rookie of the year. He made 62 shots from 3-point range, hitting 42 percent.
Fanning retires: Leo Fanning has retired from coaching football after a 47-year career that began at his alma mater, Bridgewater State, in 1971.
Fanning, a member of the BSU Athletics Hall of Fame, played defensive back for the Bears from 1966-69 and was a co-captain as a senior.
After working as an assistant coach to Pete Mazzaferro until 1973, Fanning worked on staffs at Tufts, Boston University, American International College, Holy Cross, Harvard, Norwich and Bentley.
Fanning was the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at Bentley the past four seasons. He has received the John Baronian Award for lifetime contributions to football from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.