The OU baseball program opened their 2014 season on Friday, February 14, behind first year head coach Pete Hughes.
Hughes comes to Oklahoma after spending seven years at Virginia Tech as their head coach.
The 44 year-old almost wasn’t able to take the Sooners job after suffering a heart attack just two weeks prior to being hired by OU.
After thinking he had a fish bone stuck in his throat, Hughes drove himself to the hospital only to find out he’d suffered a heart attack.
The Massachusetts native, says he’s in good health now to lead the Sooners this season and beyond.
Oklahoma’s new coach didn’t just bring on the field expertise with him to Norman, he also brought a community service program he started at Virginia Tech called “19 Ways.”
According to Virginia Tech’s “19 Ways” Facebook page, Hughes’ late mother, Alice Hughes, often spent time with the elderly and the ill.
Alice Hughes’ favorite number was 19, so Pete has his team try to impact the Norman community in 19 different ways through out the school year.
Nate Feken has Hughes’ story and more on the “19 Ways” program.