Returning for his second season as a volunteer assistant coach is former UIC standout Mike Hughes.
Hughes, who graduated from UIC in 2004 with a degree in communications, will continue to work with the Flames' hitters and outfielders to go along with other various duties in the program.
With Hughes helping guide the Flames' pre-game activities and serving as the first base coach, among his many other responsibilities on and off the field, UIC went on to capture the 2007 Horizon League Championship and earn a berth to the NCAA Regional, where Hughes once again became a part of UIC baseball history by being a part of the Flames' first-ever NCAA postseason victory.
The Palatine, Ill., native and 1999 graduate of Fremd High School played for UIC from 2001-2004 and etched his name throughout the school record book. Hughes ranks among the top 10 in UIC history in hits, RBI, runs scored, doubles, and home runs in a single season and a career while owning the career and single-season school records for triples.
Hughes played a vital role in UIC's first-ever Horizon League Tournament title and inaugural berth into NCAA Regional play during the 2003 campaign. That year Hughes hit .381 with eight homers, 14 doubles, 30 RBI and 11 stolen bases en route to All-Horizon League First Team honors, a spot on the Horizon League All-Tournament Team and the Horizon League Tournament Most Valuable Player award.
In 2004 Hughes had another year to remember as he slugged a career-best 13 home runs, drove in a Horizon League-leading 61 runs and scored a conference-best 67 times to earn All-League First Team honors for the second consecutive season.
Following his collegiate career Hughes signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization, helping the Orem Owlz capture the 2005 Pioneer League Championship before returning to the Chicagoland area to begin his coaching career.