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Joe Hughes enters his second season as the director of baseball operations at Texas Tech in 2014. Hughes was named director of operations with the Red Raiders on July 17, 2012.
Hughes is responsible for the baseball program's day-to-day operations and oversees every Tech baseball student-athletes' needs. He manages team travel, scheduling and the program's team budget. Hughes also oversees facility needs for the home of Red Raider baseball, Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Hughes serves as fall, winter and summer camp director for Texas Tech baseball and works as the baseball team liaison with every area and department throughout the Texas Tech athletics department.
A former college baseball player at Oklahoma (2006-07), Hughes joined the Red Raiders coaching staff after a year as assistant director of event management at Oklahoma (2011-2012).
Hughes worked with all 21 intercollegiate athletics programs at OU in event management. Hughes spent significant time working with athletics administration, individual coaching staffs, sport administrators, athletics communications, ticket sales, athletic trainers, marketing and officials to list a few.
Hughes served as a student assistant coach with the Oklahoma baseball program in the fall of 2007 and following his post-graduate studies became a graduate assistant in the OU athletics department in January 2011.
In addition, Hughes worked Oklahoma baseball camps along with private lessons while coaching high school and youth baseball teams during his time in Norman.
Hughes' relationship with Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock dates back to the beginning of his collegiate playing career at Grayson County College (2004-05) when Tadlock served as the head coach of the junior-college program in Denison, Texas.
Following his junior-college career, Hughes turned down numerous NCAA Division I scholarship offers to reunite with Tadlock at Oklahoma where he was a two-year starter for the Sooners while helping lead the Sooners to the 2006 Norman Regional championship and to an NCAA Super Regional appearance. In fact, Hughes was a key member of the Sooners offense that led the Big 12 in hitting (.323) in 2006.
Following his senior season, Hughes signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals where he made 16 appearances during the 2007 season with Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League. Hughes' playing career came to an end following 2008 spring training due to an arm injury.
Hughes played the outfield and pitched for the Sooners. He received several honors during his Oklahoma career, including All-Big 12 honorable mention, Academic All-Big 12 first team and Big 12 All-Tournament Team as a senior, and he was named Big 12 Player of the Week during the second week of the season in 2006.
He was a .348 (73-for-210) career hitter at Oklahoma while playing in 86 games (62 starts) with 43 runs, seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 42 RBI with a .990 fielding percentage.
Hughes' senior season he batted .333 (43-for-129) with 22 RBI and won six games on the mound (6-3) with a 5.32 ERA in 16 appearances (12 starts) with 66.0 innings, 48 strikeouts and 25 walks allowed while picking off three runners.
Hughes batted .375 during his freshman season at Grayson County in 2004 where he helped lead the Vikings to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., following a Region V Tournament title. Hughes helped guide Grayson County to a conference championship in 2005 with a 41-10 overall record while batting .367 with 20 RBI and 13 stolen bases while pitching 35.1 innings with a 3-1 record and 3.57 ERA with 34 strikeouts.
Hughes graduated from Oklahoma in 2008 with a degree in human relations. He earned his master's degree in 2010 with a degree in adult and higher education with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletics administration. Hughes is originally from Plano, Texas, where he played high school baseball at Plano East Senior High School. Hughes was born in Oceanside, Calif., on October 4, 1984.