June 9, 2000
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - - Boston College head baseball coach Peter Hughes, who led the Eagles to a school-record 35 wins, earned New England Division I Coach-of-the-Year honors. BC finished third in a poll conducted by the New England College Baseball Coaches.
Hughes, the 32-year-old native of Brockton, Mass., was recently named BIG EAST Coach of the Year after guiding BC to third in the conference championship tournament. The Eagles' tournament berth was just their 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 113-71-1 record in four years as a head coach. In his first season at BC - 1999 - the Eagles finished with a 26-21-1 record, a new standard for victories in a season. Entering the 2000 season, Hughes was ranked 50th (78 victories) among NCAA Division I skippers under the age of 45.
In addition to Hughes' award, three Eagles received All-New England First Team accolades. Senior second baseman Michael Gambino, senior pitcher Stephen Langone and sophomore catcher Jeff Mackor - all gained honors.