Hughes leaves baseball job at Virginia Tech for Oklahoma

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Pete Hughes has taken over the Oklahoma baseball program, leaving Virginia Tech after leading the Hokies to 30 or more victories each of the past five seasons.

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione announced the hiring Thursday. Hughes replaces Sunny Golloway, who left the Sooners this month to become the head coach at Auburn.

Hughes finished 40-22 this past season and the Hokies hosted an NCAA regional, which Oklahoma won, for the first time.

“I’m very appreciative of inheriting a super regional team,” Hughes said. “I realize you don’t walk into those situations very often.

“I’m privileged to be the head coach for one of the most storied traditions in college baseball. Specifically, this year’s team, I know what I’m inheriting. I saw it with my own eyes.”

He spoke of reaching out to Oklahoma alumni and supporters, some of whom didn’t care for Golloway despite the Sooners’ success and who publicly rejoiced when Golloway left for Auburn.

Hughes spent seven seasons at Virginia Tech. Before that, he was the head coach at Boston College for eight years after starting his career as the head coach at Trinity (Texas) for two years. Overall, he is 524-385-2.

Hughes, 45, said he had a heart attack this month but that doctors placed a stint in the damaged blood vessel.

Oklahoma sought permission to speak with Hughes last Friday, Oklahoma sought permission to speak with Hughes last Friday, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said, and Hughes informed him in a meeting Wednesday morning that unless his family developed a great objection on a trip to Norman, Okla., he was leaving.

Oklahoma flew Hughes, his wife and five kids to Norman on country music star Toby Keith’s jet, Weaver said.

“There was not going to be a bidding war” to keep Hughes, Weaver said, because Hughes was inclined to leave.

AD resigns

Louisiana Tech Athletic Director Bruce Van De Velde said that he is stepping down.

Van de Velde did not immediately go into detail about the reasons for his decision.

His resignation, which is effective Monday, comes at the end of an academic year in which the Bulldogs’ football team missed out on a bowl game despite a nine-win season, and then lost coach Sonny Dykes, who left to coach California.

The Bulldogs were left out of college football’s postseason after Van De Velde declined to quickly accept an invitation from the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, holding out for other opportunities that never materialized.

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