Patrick Mason, a college assistant coach for 17 years, is Virginia Tech's new baseball coach.
Mason replaces Pete Hughes, who left after seven seasons to take the same job at Oklahoma.
Mason has spent the last three years on Hughes' staff, working as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Athletic director Jim Weaver says Mason is "the consummate baseball man" and that elevating him to the top spot makes sense because it should help preserve 10 commitments the Hokies have received for the two seasons ahead.
He says Hughes told him of his intentions to leave on Wednesday morning and acted quickly to keep Mason on the staff.
Mason says after 17 years as an assistant, "I am ready to accept the challenge" of running his own program.
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