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Joe Hughes enters his fourth season as the director of baseball operations at Texas Tech in 2016. 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 Red Raider baseball and works as the baseball team liaison with every area and department throughout the Texas Tech athletics department.
In just year two of the Tim Tadlock head coaching era, the Red Raiders put together the best season in program history while winning Tech's first NCAA Regional (Coral Gables), capturing the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional and advancing to the first College World Series in school history.
Tech's turnaround (26 wins in 2013 -- 45 wins in 2014) is the biggest turnaround season in school history and the second biggest turnaround in Big 12 history.
Hughes and the Red Raiders posted a 45-21 overall record in 2014 while finishing 14-10 in the Big 12, marking the program's sixth 40-win regular season and collecting the most conference wins by the Red Raiders in a decade.
The 2014 season was highlighted by numerous team and individual accomplishments, including breaking several all-time records, a number of individual accolades and countless on-field performances.
Tadlock was named the ABCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year and also the College Baseball Hall of Fame Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year, outfielder Tyler Neslony became the first Red Raider in school history to lead the Big 12 in batting, left-handed pitcher Chris Sadberry was a sixth-round draft pick by the Marlins, designated hitter Adam Kirsch was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek broke the school record for NCAA Tournament wins in a season, Big 12 freshman ERA (1.94) and was one of two Red Raiders (Stephen Smith) to earn Freshman All-America.
That was just the start of what the Red Raiders accomplished in 2014.
Tech had a pair of sellouts hosting the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional where they recorded back-to-back 1-0 shutouts (first time in NCAA Super Regional history) over No. 16 College of Charleston. The over capacity crowd of 4,811 that attended both games of the Super Regional, set a new stadium record (since 2012 renovation) for single-game attendance and also two-game series attendance at Rip Griffin Park. In addition, Tech fans purchased the tickets available for the Super Regional in less than 40 minutes from when tickets went on sale soon after Tech won the NCAA Coral Gables Regional.
The Red Raiders followed with a 31-24 campaign in 2015, marking the first time the Red Raiders had compiled consecutive 30-win seasons since doing so over a 14-year stretch from 1993-2006. The 76 combined victories over the past two seasons are also the most over a two-year stretch since Texas Tech totaled 85 wins from 2001-02.
Hughes, who also handles on-campus recruiting duties, has been instrumental with Tech's rise in recruiting on the national level as the Red Raiders have tallied back-to-back nationally-ranked recruiting classes. In 2013, Tadlock's first season as head coach, the Red Raiders earned a No. 24 ranking by Perfect Game and a No. 27 ranked class of 2013 recruits by Collegiate Baseball.
Tech's second season with Tadlock as head coach and Hughes as director of operations, Tech received a No. 13 national ranking for its 2014 recruiting class by Collegiate Baseball and a No. 23 ranking by Baseball America, which marked the first Baseball America recruiting class ranking for the program.
Tech assembled the No. 14 recruiting class in the country and top one in the Big 12 according to Perfect Game in 2015. The class was boosted by three of the top 31 high school players in the country
Texas Tech won its first NCAA Regional (Coral Gables) during Hughes' second year on the Red Raider staff in 2014 while also winning the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional and advancing to the College World Series in school history.
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.