Peter Hughes was introduced as Virginia Tech’s new baseball coach on Wednesday afternoon, finally making official what had been rumored since the beginning of the week. Hughes comes to Blacksburg from Chestnut Hill, MA, where he served as the head coach of Boston College from 1999-2006.
Hughes, 38, will replace Virginia Tech legend Chuck Hartman, who announced his retirement earlier this spring. He is an alumnus of Davidson College in 1990, and has been a head coach at the collegiate level since 1997.
Hughes became the head coach at Trinity University in 1997, taking over a program that averaged just 11 wins per season the previous 17 years. He quickly turned the program around, going 19-19 his first season and 33-11 in 1998. His overall record at Trinity was 52-30.
After turning Trinity around, Hughes moved on to Boston College. BC’s program was in terrible shape when he arrived, having averaged just 13 wins per season over the previous 35 seasons. They immediately improved under Hughes, going 26-21-1 during his first season in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles never looked back. BC improved to 35-20 in 2000, and Hughes has posted an overall record of 250-181-2 at Boston College. His overall career record is 302-211-2.
Following the 2000 season, Hughes was named Big East Coach of the Year, New England Coach of the Year, and ABCA/Diamond Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year. He was Big East Coach of the Year again in 2002, and New England Coach of the Year again in 2005.
Hughes has never had a losing record during his 10 seasons as a college head coach. His worst recording during that time was the 19-19 mark during his first season at Trinity University.
Hughes brings both head coaching and recruiting experience to Blacksburg. Before being a head coach, he was top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Hamilton College and Northeastern.