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Lonnie Pugh
Lonnie  Pugh

Assistant Coach - Throws

Pugh joined the Michigan State track & field program in the Fall of 2016 as the assistant coach in the throwing events.

During his brief time at MSU, Pugh’s athletes have earned numerous honors. All-American Katelyn Daniels earned Big Ten silver medalist honors two-straight seasons in the discus under Pugh. As a freshman, Jerimiah Evans earned bronze medalist honors in the discus in 2018. MSU has had nine NCAA Regional Qualifiers and two USA Qualifiers. Overall, he has coached three All-Americans, while at MSU.

Before returning to his alma mater Michigan State, Pugh served as an assistant track and field coach at Adrian College in 2016. He was the assistant throws coach at Adrian, while also overseeing the strength and conditioning program.

Pugh also served as an Academic Support Specialist and tutor coordinator at Adrian College, helping to implement a new tutoring system that was campus wide. While at Siena Heights, he was a program coordinator, where he oversaw and assigned daily operations in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. At Adrian, Pugh coached five MIAA medalists and one All-American.

He was also an assistant coach at Siena Heights University from 2013-2106. At Siena Heights, he assisted with recruiting, practice planning, and assisted in coaching the student-athletes, particularly in the throwing events. During his tenure at Siena Heights, Pugh coached three individual National Champions, eight All-Americans and 14 Conference Champions.

During his time at MSU, Pugh showed his excellence both on and off the field. He was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and he was the track and field liaison for the Student Athlete Multicultural Advisory Committee.

Pugh was a three-time Big Ten Champion, twice in the in the discus throw, and once in the weight throw. He was also a three-time NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round Qualifier. The Grosse Ile, Michigan native, was named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Indoor and Outdoor First-Team All-American during the 2010-11 seasons. He was named Outdoor Second-Team All-American during the 2011-12 campaign, and was an Outdoor and Indoor Honorable Mention All-American at the conclusion of the 2012-13 seasons.

As a student-athlete at MSU, Pugh was a varsity letterwinner from 2009-2013, he was voted a three-time team captain, he received the coaches award in 2012, and he earned a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2012-13.

Pugh graduated from Michigan State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication in 2013, and received his Master of Arts degree in Leadership, Concentration in Higher Education, at Siena Heights University in 2015.



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