What They're Saying About Pete Hughes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JUNE 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

“Joe Castiglione has done it again. Pete Hughes is a “Grand Slam” of a hire for the University of Oklahoma. In my opinion, Pete Hughes was the best kept secret in all of college baseball. He transformed two different programs (Boston College and Virginia Tech) into big winners at the Division 1 level and he did it the right way every step of the way. I coached against Pete’s teams at Boston College while I was at Notre Dame and every time you stepped on the field against them you knew you were in for a fight. He gets his players to play harder than anyone. They always play with confidence, enthusiasm, and toughness. He also is a tremendous family man and will be a real asset to the community of Norman. There isn’t a coach in the country I have more respect for than Pete Hughes.”

- Paul Mainieri, LSU Head Baseball Coach


“Oklahoma just hired a great coach, family man and competitor. Pete Hughes left Brockton, Mass. a long time ago, but the “City of Champions” hasn’t left him. He will fight to Omaha from Norman. There is no doubt in my mind.”

- Jim Penders, Connecticut Head Baseball Coach

"The past and present players who make up the fabric of Oklahoma baseball will soon be very proud that Peter Hughes is part of their culture. Peter knows how to establish the winning traditions of a college baseball program while sustaining the values endorsed by the University. His "care level" for the kids that he is coaching is very natural and caring....subsequently his players respond because of this. Most importantly, he is a strong male role model who embraces family with his day-to-day actions with his own wife and children. He has learned how to integrate his own family into the athletic setting to form a healthy and successful collegiate baseball environment for a young man."

- Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt Head Coach


"Pete Hughes is an outstanding coach and an even better person. He did a phenomenal job in elevating the programs at Boston College and Virginia Tech. I look forward to seeing what he can do at a program with the history, tradition and resources of Oklahoma. I am confident the Sooners will contend for National Championships with Pete at the helm. Congratulations to Joe Castiglione on another inspired coaching hire."

- Sean McDonough, ESPN Broadcaster


“The University of Oklahoma has made an excellent choice with the selection of Pete Hughes as their head baseball coach. Pete is a proven winner at every level and I'm confident that will continue at Oklahoma. He is truly committed to helping his players reach their potential on and off the field. He and the Hughes family will have a dramatic impact not only on the Sooner baseball program but the Norman community as well.”

- Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins Head Coach




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