Texas Tech announced Tuesday that former Oklahoma and Grayson County College outfielder Joe Hughes has been named the Director of Baseball Operations.
Hughes, 27, spent the past year as an assistant director of event management at Oklahoma. He played for new Tech head coach Tim Tadlock both at Oklahoma (2006-07) and at Grayson (2004-05).
“Joe will be a tremendous asset to everyone involved with Texas Tech baseball,” Tadlock said in a statement released by the university. “He is a young man that could have been on the fast track in athletics administration if he decided to stay at Oklahoma under (athletic director) Joe Castiglione.”
Hughes becomes the third person with Oklahoma ties hired for the Tech baseball program, joining Tadlock and former Sooners pitching coach Ray Hayward.
Hughes, a Plano native, was a career .348 hitter for the Sooners, starting in 62 of 86 games with two home runs, 42 RBIs and a .990 fielding percentage as an outfielder and pitcher.
He was named All-Big 12 honorable mention, academic All-Big 12 Conference and Big 12 all-tournament team as a senior. He was 6-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 66 innings on the mound his senior season.
Hughes also helped lead OU to an NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2006.
Hughes played briefly in the Kansas City organization before an arm injury ended his career. He worked as a graduate assistant in OU athletics until January 2011.