|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
|Education:||M.A., Alabama State University; B.A., Auburn University|
Mike Pugh was named the head men's basketball coach at Huntingdon College in May of 2007.
A native of Auburn, Ala., Pugh sports a career 655-337 record during his 35-year coaching tenure, making stops at both the prep and college level.
Entering his eighth season with the Hawks, Pugh has a 71-108 record at Huntingdon.
In 2013-14, the Hawks overcame a 1-11 start to win 11 of their final 15 games. In their first season as a member of the USA South Athletic Conference, the Hawks reached the conference championship game before falling to LaGrange 94-84.
During the final season of competition in the Great South Athletic Conference, in 2011-12, Huntingdon reached the GSAC semifinals before losing to LaGrange 76-67. One of the Hawks’ memorable wins was an 87-74 victory over Maryville, snapping a 14-game losing streak to the Scots.
During the 2010-11 season, Pugh led the Hawks to a 12-14 record and the GSAC tournament championship. Huntingdon defeated LaGrange 77-72 in overtime to win the GSAC.
Before joining the Huntingdon basketball program, Pugh coached at Opelika High School for seven years. He served as head boys' basketball coach and an assistant football coach. During his time with the Bulldogs, Pugh guided OHS to three state playoff appearances and two area championships, highlighted by a 28-2 mark during the 2006-07 season.
Before Opelika, Pugh spent seven years at Enterprise State Junior College, now Enterprise-Ozark Community College, serving in a variety of capacities, including Director of Athletics, head men's basketball coach and head women's basketball coach. He was also the Department Head of the Physical Education department and Director of Intramurals. During those seven years, he compiled a record of 110-76.
In the five seasons before coaching at ESJC, Pugh posted a 61-54 record as head boys' basketball coach at Carroll High School in Ozark, Ala. Also spending time as an assistant baseball and football coach, Pugh led the Eagles to two area championships and a pair of state playoff appearances on the hardwood.
Pugh made a name for himself among elite prep coaches at Southside High School in Selma, Ala. During a seven-year span with the Panthers, Pugh had a 134-42 record and led the program to five area championships and seven state playoff appearances. In 1985, Pugh guided Southside to the only Alabama High School Athletic Association state championship in school history. His 1986 team was the state runner-up.
Before moving across town to Southside, Pugh began his coaching career with an eight-year stint at John T. Morgan Academy. In his eight seasons at the helm, Pugh won 84.7 percent of his games, posting a 177-32 record. He guided the Senators to the state tournament six times, including the state championship in 1978. He also finished as state runner-up once, while four other seasons ended in the state semifinals.
In addition to his success on the court, Pugh also served as an interim Headmaster, Director of Athletics, assistant football coach and head track and field coach. While coaching the track squad, Pugh helped the Senators to a pair of state championships.
Pugh earned his bachelor's degree from Auburn University in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1974 and his master's degree from Alabama State University in Physical Education in 1987.
Pugh is married to the former Suzanne Josey. The couple has five children, Michael, Kristen and Katie Pugh and Ron Yarborough, Jr. and Seth Yarborough, as well as one grandson, William Yarborough, Jr., and two granddaughters, Karson Yarborough and Emily Kate Pugh.