Pugh came to UAB in January 1995, from Luverne (Ala.) High School, where he was the offensive coordinator in 1994. Prior to that, Pugh was the head football coach and athletic director at Selma (Ala.) High School for two years (1992-93)
In his most recent collegiate coaching experience prior to joining the staff at UAB, Pugh was the head coach at Alabama A&M (1989-91). During his tenure, the Bulldogs posted an overall record of 19-10 and won three Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships; they participated in the Division II playoffs in 1991.
An18-year veteran of collegiate coaching, Pugh was an assistant coach with Jackie Sherrill at Texas A&M University (1982-88) and the University of Pittsburgh (1981). Texas A&M was 50-26 during his seven seasons with the Aggies, winning three Southwest Conference titles and making three Cotton Bowl appearances.
Pittsburgh won the Big East title and played in the Sugar Bowl during his one season with the Panthers. Pugh got his start in coaching in 1976 as an assistant coach at Columbia High School in Decatur, Ga. Two years later, he was the head coach at Columbia, leading the program to a 7-3 record, a district championship, and the regional playoffs.
He got his start in collegiate coaching at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga as an assistant. In two seasons (1979-80) there, the Moccasins were 20-2 and won two Southern Conference titles.
Pugh earned his undergraduate degree in health, physical education, and recreation from the University of Alabama in 1976. He was a four-year starter and letterwinner at tight end for Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ; during those four years (1972-75), the team posted a 44-1 record, making four post-season bowl appearances and winning a national championship in 1973.