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June 28, 2013

Sooners hire VTU’s Hughes to take over as head baseball coach

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NORMAN —

His pitching coach at Virginia Tech, Patrick Mason, was announced as the Hokies’ new coach Thursday.

Hughes, 45, suffered a heart attack shortly after a season-ending loss to OU earlier this month. Castiglione said the issue was addressed during the hiring process. Hughes addressed it Thursday.

“I thought I had something caught in my chest from dinner and it stayed for an extended period of time. I drove myself to the hospital. I’d had a heart attack,” he said. “I had 99 percent blockage in my main artery. The doctor (called it) in front of my wife, ‘The widowmaker.’ We got past that.

“We got a stent put in. Where I was 99 percent blocked, I’m 100 percent wide open now. I feel great. I feel very fortunate. There’s no damage to my heart. I’m 45 years old and in pretty good shape with bad genetic history. Now we can stay on top of it.”

Hughes hopes he can raise the level of OU baseball. It won’t be easy.

The program averaged more than 40 wins a season, played in four NCAA super regionals and reached the 2010 College World Series under Golloway.

“I really believe that this program is built to go to Omaha every year,” Hughes said, “and built to win a national championship.”

John Shinn

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