Aug. 9, 2000
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
Boston College head baseball coach Pete Hughes earned ABCA/Diamond Sports Company Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors, according to an announcement made by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Hughes earned the honor after only his second season at Boston College.
In the spring of 2000, Hughes led the Eagles to a 35-20 record and its second-ever BIG EAST Tournament appearance. The last time the Eagles made it in the 16-year history of the event was under coach Richard "Moe" Maloney in 1991.
Hughes' 2000 Eagles, picked to finish seventh in the conference, earned the fifth seed in the tournament and went 2-2 in the championships, sweeping two games from Notre Dame before dropping a pair to eventual tournament finalist Seton Hall.
During the season, Hughes, a Boston College High graduate, tallied his 100th career coaching victory with a two-game sweep of Vermont on April 12. His record with the Eagles now stands at 61-41-1, for a .597 winning percentage. He was 54-30 in two previous seasons at Trinity University in Texas.
The Eagles recorded 35 wins in 2000, shattering the previous school record of 26, set one year before during Hughes' first season at the Heights. In 1999, Boston College made the best single-season win improvement in team history, going from 17-23-1 in 1998, to 26-21-1 in 1999.
Hughes will receive the award at the Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet January 5, 2001. The banquet will be held at the Opryland Hotel and is held in conjunction with the annual ABCA National Convention, which runs from January 4-7.