SMU receives votes for fourth straight week; Clinches share of C-USA title with win
Danny Hughes enters his fourth season at SMU. He comes to Dallas after previous coaching stops at Houston, St. John's and Sam Houston State and a standout playing career at TCU.
While an assistant for the Red Storm in 2008-09, he helped guide the team to the third round of the WNIT, marking just the second time in program history St. John's had advanced that far. Hughes' duties included working with the guards, and he was able to help shooting guard Monique McLean garner an All-Big East second-team selection.
Before going to St. John's, Hughes spent three seasons at Houston. While with the Cougars, he was responsible for all aspects of recruiting while also overseeing compliance, fundraising, practice and game preparation, as well as coordination of all scouting reports.
During the 2008 season, Hughes served as the program's interim head coach, leading Houston to a 15-16 mark, its best record in three years. Hughes took the reins of the team only nine days before the start of the season, after UH head coach Joe Curl took a leave of absence for health reasons.
During his tenure as head coach, the Cougars ran off an eight-game consecutive conference win streak, their longest since 2004. Hughes guided the Cougars to a first-round bye in the Conference-USA tournament, its first in three years.
Prior to Houston, Hughes was an assistant at Trinity Valley Community College for five years, Hughes handled recruiting duties as well as overseeing the team's academic progress. While coaching TVCC, the team made the Region XIV playoffs three times and included the top junior college player in America in 2001.
From 1992-2000, Hughes served as athletic director and men's basketball coach at Cross Roads High School in his hometown of Malakoff, Texas. He led his squad to a 24-6 record and a state playoff appearance in his first season at the helm. His coaching record was 123-89 and his success as athletic director enabled Hughes to be the first inductee in the school's athletic hall of fame in 2001.
During Hughes' second trip to Trinity Valley from 1991-92 he worked with the men's squad. Hughes worked with guards and post players while handling recruiting responsibilities for the state of Texas during the 1991-92 season.
Hughes began his coaching career at Sam Houston State University as a graduate assistant from 1990-91. During his time with the Bearkats, he worked with the guards and wings while assisting with scouting and recruiting duties.
A former standout player at TCU, Hughes was one of the most prolific three-point shooters in school history. In two seasons (1987-89), Hughes shot 45 percent (108-240) from behind the arc, a mark that ranks third on the Horned Frogs' career list. His single-season best of 45.2 percent (70-155) during the 1988-89 campaign ranks second on TCU's single-season chart.
The two-year starter at shooting guard was a two-time winner of the Jim Killingsworth MVP award, given to the top men's basketball player that season.
Prior to his arrival at TCU, Hughes was an all-region and all-league player at Trinity Valley Community College, where he helped lead his team to a 44-15 record from 1985-87. During his sophomore season, he earned MVP honors while averaging 14.6 points and 6.4 assists per game. He was also selected to play on the National Junior College All-Star Team, comprised of the top-12 junior college players in the country. In August of 2010, Hughes was elected to TVCC's Hall of Fame.