MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State head baseball coach Pete Hughes and Director of Athletics Gene Taylor met with members of the media Tuesday at the Vanier Family Football Complex to officially introduce Hughes as the 21st head coach in program history.
Head Coach Pete Hughes:
“Style of play and philosophy are kind of two different things. My philosophy is the adage, pitching and defense wins you games so that has to start from the recruiting side of things and it has to begin with the fundamentals of defensively play and it has to be preached in recruiting and on the field. My style of play its aggressive, it is a play-to-win mentality, it is not sit back on your heels, it is put pressure on people. Everything is predicated on the recruiting model, you bring in tough, overachievers, that has always been the remedy for me to cure some situations and that what we will do. We will identify the toughest players from winning programs and bring them on the baseball field, who will compete like crazy. They are going to be the toughest kids on the field and most of the time they are going to win. If you mix in the balance of being fundamentally sound and playing defense and not walking people, that is the formula for success, so that is what we will work towards.”