Now in his sixth season as head coach of the Eagles, Pete Hughes has elevated the Boston College baseball program to unprecedented heights. Prior to Hughes' arrival, BC averaged 13 wins a season over 35 years. In the past five seasons under Hughes, the Eagles have averaged 30 wins per year, culminating into a BC school victory standard of 35 in 2000.
Since Hughes took over in 1999, the victory totals are not the only aspect of BC's program to rise, the Eagles' final RPI improved from 166 in 1998 to 79 at the end of Hughes' inaugural season (1999). Since the initial surge, the RPI's have levelled off well below 100 in the past four seasons: 2000-69th; 2001-88th; 2002-73rd; 2003-81st.
Coach Hughes is a two-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year (2000 and 2002) and was also awarded the Division 1 Northeast Regional Coach of the Year in 2000.
In only five years, four players have received All-America honors and nine members of Hughes' squads have signed with major league teams, including Sean McGowan, Jeff Waldron, Steve Langone, Eric Olson, Mike Gambino, Jed Rogers, Jeff Mackor, Mark Sullivan and Matt Elfeldt. McGowan, who was selected as an All-American in 1999, put up the country?s second-best home run total (25) in 1999 and helped the Eagles finish second nationally in batting average (.354). Second-team All-American Steve Langone led the country in ERA (1.54) in 2000. Third team NCBWA All-American pick, and current Eagle right-hander, Chris Lambert, was named the 2004 BIG EAST preseason pitcher of the year.
The success of the 2003 squad is the latest example of Hughes' managerial wizardry. The Eagles finished with the program's second-highest win total (33-21), while completing a 13-11 record in the BIG EAST. Four Eagles qualified for conference postseason accolades, including Drew Locke, who picked up regional distinction and Chris Lambert, who earned District I Player-of-the-Year distinction.
In 2002, the Eagles posted 30 wins - second most in school history - and went into the final weekend of the regular season with a shot at the BIG EAST regular season championship. For the second time in three years, Hughes was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year, and pitcher Chris Lambert became the first pitcher in conference history to earn both the BIG EAST Rookie and Pitcher of the Year awards. In all, six Eagles garnered all-BIG EAST honors, while four received regional accolades. Lambert and Drew Locke earned Freshman All-American honors. Two players: Jeff Mackor and Matt Elfeldt were selected in the 2002 First-year Player Draft.
The Eagles finished with 29 wins in 2001 and while that team did not make the BIG EAST tournament, it did feature five players named by the conference to the first, second or third teams.
Hughes outwitted the sophomore jinx in his second year here at BC (2000). Included in his list of accomplishments is BIG EAST, New England and ABCA/Diamond Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles to a school-record 35-20 mark and its second-ever appearance in the conference tournament, in which the Eagles finished third. The only other time an Eagles' squad made it to the 17-year old BIG EAST tournament was 1991. The 2000 squad shattered the previous school record for wins, set in 1999 during Hughes' inaugural season with Boston College. During the 2000 season, Hughes tallied his 100th career coaching victory with a two-game sweep of Vermont on April 12.
In such a short time, Hughes' presence has greatly impacted the Boston College program. He guided his teams to back-to-back all-time single-season win improvements (nine) in his first two seasons (17-23-1 in 1998 to 26-21-1 in 1999 and 35-20 in 2000)
At Trinity University (Texas), Hughes inherited a team that had averaged 11 wins per season in each of the previous 17 years. In just two years with the program, Trinity averaged 26 victories and won 63 percent of its games under Hughes, and set the school record for wins (33) his second season in 1998 along with a regular season conference championship.
As a player, the Boston College High School graduate was a four-year standout at Davidson College, captaining the team his senior year. Following his graduation from Davidson in 1990, Hughes then spent one year as an assistant baseball coach at NCAA Division III Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., before his assistant coaching appointment with Northeastern from 1991-1995. He resides in Millis, Mass. with his wife Debby and sons Thomas 7, Hal 5, Dominic 3 and daughter Grace 1.
Coaching Career Hamilton College Asst. Coach 1990 Northeastern University Asst. Coach 1991-95 Trinity University (Texas) Head Coach 1997-1998 Boston College Head Coach 1999-Present
Career Head Coaching Record 1997 Trinity University 19-19-0 1998 Trinity University 33-11-0 1999 Boston College 26-21-1 2000 Boston College 35-20-0 2001 Boston College 29-22-0 2002 Boston College 30-25-0 2003 Boston College 33-21-0 Totals 205-139-1