Wildcat baseball coach Pete Hughes signs contract extension through 2026-27

Head Couch Pete Hughes watching his players against Oklahoma State on April 1, 2022 at Tointon Family Stadium. (Archive photo by Madison Riebel | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State head baseball coach Pete Hughes signed a contract extension through the 2026-27 season following an initial four-year stint with the Wildcats. The unanimous vote by K-State Athletics Board of Directors comes after a 29-29 win-loss record and back-to-back appearances in the Big 12 tournament semifinal round after hot endings to both seasons.

The two strong finishes in those back-to-back seasons almost earned the Wildcats a taste of the “Omahattan” experience the team’s preached since Hughes set foot in Manhattan. Although both squads fell short of an NCAA tournament berth, K-State baseball continues experiencing success on and off the diamond.

K-State’s 98-92 overall record under Hughes (.516 winning percentage) features five series victories against top-25 teams, highlighting three against top-10 opponents. The talent provided success by developing 14 professional players with Hughes at the helm, including a first-round draft of Jordan Wicks in 2021, the highest in school history.

K-State has built a dynasty with four consecutive national championships in College Baseball vs. Cancer’s fundraising campaign, raising over $130,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in four years. The fundraising is indicative of Hughes’ 19-Ways initiative at K-State, a program he founded in 2009 at Virginia Tech.

The agreement between parties increases Hughes’ salary to $535,000 with a $25,000 annual increase each season until finalizing at a $635,000 contract, according to the Wichita Eagle.