Navy Women's Head Coach
◆ Hughes is in his 17th season as the head coach of the women's team and his 23rd year at the Naval Academy.
◆ In 2013, he led the Mids to their first-ever bid to the NCAA Division 1 Rowing Championships as a result of winning the Patriot League Championship.
◆ Guided the Mids to the overall point title and the Directors Cup at the 2011 ECAC Championships.
◆ During his tenure, his athletes have totaled 34 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete awards, 16 CRCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region accolades and four Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognitions.
◆ The Mids have totaled 11 individual boat titles at the Patriot League Championship regattas, winning the team titles in 2005 and 2013 and tying for first place in the team standings in 2008. The Midshipmen placed second in the overall standings in 2006, `07, `10 , `11 and `12.
◆ Three-time Patriot League Coach of the Year: 2005, 2008 and 2013.
◆ In recognition of his team's success and league championships, Hughes was honored as the USNA Foundation Spring Sports Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2013.
◆ The 2005 and 2013 teams were also awarded Navy's Director of Athletics Cup. The cup recognizes Naval Academy varsity team that exemplifies itself as a standard bearer in academics, leadership, varsity competition, conduct, aptitude for commission and honor.
◆ His varsity four's sixth-place finish at the 2009 Eastern Sprints Championship represented the first time it had competed in the grand final of that event.
◆ Navy's 2005 team advanced each of its five entries to the petite finals of the Eastern Sprints, with its varsity boat placing a Navy-best 10th at the regatta.
◆ Navy's varsity boat placed 11th at the 2006 Head of the Charles Regatta, the highest finish for the boat in the program's history.
◆ His initial two women's teams combined for a 26-13 varsity boat record, while his first novice four boat won a silver medal at the Eastern Sprints.
◆ Honored with the 2000 USNA Alumni Association Distinguished Athletic Leadership Award.
Additional Navy Experience
◆ Prior to becoming the head coach of the women's team, served as the varsity lightweight coach for three years followed by another three-year stint as the assistant heavyweight coach.
◆ His 1993 lightweight team posted a 5-2 record to achieve a winning record for the first time in seven years. The following year, his final one with the program, all three lightweight eight crews made the final at the Eastern Sprints Championship.
◆ In the three years he coached on the heavyweight level, his freshman boats placed seventh, fifth and eighth at the IRA National Championship, while his second freshman crew won a gold medal at the 1997 Eastern Sprints.
◆ Also coached the U.S. team at the 1999 World Military Games in Zagreb, Croatia. The team won the gold medal in both the women's double and the women's pair events, as well as a bronze in the women's singles competition.
Prior to Navy
◆ Began coaching the sport in 1975 and two years later served on the staff of the U.S. Junior National Rowing Team.
◆ Went on to manage several national teams from 1978-88, including at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
◆ Worked at numerous rowing clubs from 1977-86, including the Boston Rowing Club, Viking Rowing Club, Riverside Boat Club, Bachelor's Barge Club and Vesper Olympic Training Center.
◆ Started and served as the head coach of the rowing teams at Stockton State College for five years, leading the program to several MIRA championships and to a second and fourth-place finish at the Dad Vail Championship during his tenure.
◆ Began coaching the lightweight freshman team at Penn in 1987, leading the Quakers to winning seasons in four of his five years. His crews earned a bronze medal at the 1989 Eastern Sprints and a silver the following year.