Ann Hughes is in her 32nd year at the University of Florida and is currently the Assistant Director of Student Services for the Office of Student Life. She coordinates housing and orientation for all of the Gator student-athletes, is responsible for international student-athlete services and assists with the graduation studies. In addition to working as the Academic Counselor for the Gator baseball team for the past 18 years, Hughes also acts in the same capacity for the men’s and women’s golf student-athletes. When she started working with UF in 1981 as an Academic Counselor, Hughes was one of the first full-time academic counselors for female student-athletes in the nation.
Prior to coming to Florida, Hughes worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a graduate intern in 1981. She worked directly with the football and basketball student-athletes in academic advising and coordinating official visits for their recruits. In 1979, Hughes worked in San Diego, Calif., with the Aztec Athletic Foundation of San Diego State University and the Holiday Bowl. She also worked with the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks in 1977 as a Public Relations Assistant.
A native of Tacoma, Wash., Hughes graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she received a bachelor's degree in history in 1978. She continued her education at Ohio University, earning her master’s in education and sports administration in 1979. While at these institutions, Hughes she also worked in their athletic departments as a student and graduate assistant in the athletics director’s office. She has served on the Executive Board of the National Association of Athletic Advisors for Athletics and was awarded their Distinguished Service Award in 1997.