Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said today (Thursday) that he wants to give baseball coach Pete Hughes a contract extension and a pay hike this summer.
Hughes still has one year left on his contract, but the Hokies recently finished a season in which they not only made the NCAAs but hosted a regional.
“I’d like to give him a couple more years,” Weaver said. “We just have to sit down and talk.”
Weaver said Hughes has earned a financial reward too.
“He’s done a terrific job with the program,” Weaver said. “We’ll do what’s right and do what we can do here at Virginia Tech.”
Hughes has been the subject of media speculation that Auburn might be interested in him, but Weaver said again today that Auburn has not called for permission to talk to Hughes.
Earlier, Hughes was the subject of media speculation that Georgia might be interested in him. Georgia has since hired a new coach. Weaver said Georgia never called for permission to talk to Hughes either.
Weaver is not worried about losing Hughes to another school in the next few weeks.
“I don’t think we have that situation, but you never know,” Weaver said.
Hughes, who also steered Tech to the NCAAs in 2010, had total pay of $157,437 this year. He is due to get a 5 percent raise in July.
Tech plans to look into where Hughes’ salary ranks within the ACC’s baseball coaches.
“We’ll look at the situation and deal with it as best we can,” Weaver said.