May 18, 2000
Boston College head baseball coach Peter Hughes, who led the Eagles to a school-record 33 wins, earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors, according to an announcement made at the league's annual pre-tournament banquet.
Hughes, a native of Brockton, Mass., also guided Boston College to the BIG EAST Championship Tournament. The Eagles' tournament berth is just the second in school history, the first since 1991.
The second-year coach led his team to a 12-11 conference record, equaling the school record for conference victories. The Eagles finished fifth in the final BIG EAST standings.
Hughes, who served two seasons as head coach at Trinity (Texas) University before coming to Boston College, has a 111-69-1 record in four years as a head coach. In his first season at Boston College - 1999 - the Eagles finished with a 26-21-1 record.
In addition to Hughes' award, four Boston College players gained All-BIG EAST honors at the banquet. Senior second baseman Michael Gambino, junior first baseman Joe Kealty, senior pitcher/designated hitter Stephen Langone and sophomore outfielder Neal McCarthy - all gained conference honors.
Boston College (33-18) will meet Notre Dame in the first round of the 2000 BIG EAST Championship Tournament at the Somerset Ballpark in Bridgewater, N.J.