In his 13th year of coaching, his ninth season at Washington, is assistant coach Eric Hughes. He helped the Huskies reach the postseason over four consecutive seasons, including back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999. Washington participated in the NIT in 1996 and 1997, its first postseason appearances in nine seasons.
In 1998, Hughes was pivotal in the Huskies first run to the Sweet 16 since 1984.
Hughes works primarily with the wing players after coaching the centers for a few years. He tutored 7-foot center Todd MacCulloch who led the nation in field goal percentage three straight years and was a second-round pick by Philadelphia in the 1999 NBA Draft.
He also is involved with recruiting and scouting. Hughes was in charge of scheduling his first few years, putting together schedules that twice rated among the nation's 10 toughest.
Hughes joined the Washington staff as the restricted earnings coach, May 12, 1993. He was elevated to a full-time assistant coach in June of 1997. The Oakland, Calif. native worked two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for Bob Bender at Illinois State from 1990-91. He rejoined Bender's staff after spending two years at the California.
A 1983 Oakland High School graduate, Hughes played two seasons at Ohlone Junior College before transferring to Cal State Hayward where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. Hughes lettered on Hayward squads that twice won Northern California Athletic Conference titles and competed in the NCAA Division II West Regionals. He was the team captain in 1987.
Hughes began coaching in 1988 as an assistant at American High School in Fremont, Calif. He coached the junior varsity team to a 16-4 record and a 12-2 league mark. He became involved in collegiate coaching in 1990 as a graduate assistant at Illinois State where he earned his athletic administration master's degree in 1991. Hughes helped the Redbirds to the Missouri Valley Conference crown and a 1990 NCAA Tournament berth.
Hughes joined California's staff prior to the 1992 season as a volunteer assistant. He was elevated to restricted-earnings coach and eventually became Coach Todd Bozeman's assistant. He was Bozeman's only assistant in 1993 during Cal's run to the Sweet 16. The Golden Bears posted a 21-9 record in 1993 when Hughes was primarily responsible for coordinating opponent scouting and coaching frontline players.
Hughes, 36, was born on April 30, 1965. He is single and resides in Seattle.