|Position:||Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting & Special Projects|
5th Season at Georgia State
Veteran coach George Pugh serves as associate head coach for recruiting and special projects on Georgia State's football staff. Pugh, who also coaches the wide receivers, was one of the first coaches that Bill Curry hired when he assembled his original GSU staff in July 2008.
In his time at Georgia State, Pugh has directed strong recruiting efforts for the Panthers while coaching a talented and productive group of wide receivers.
In addition to more than 25 years in college coaching, Pugh has strong ties to the Atlanta area after serving as the head coach at Columbia High School (1978) and Meadowcreek High School (2003-04). As a college coach, he has recruited the Atlanta area throughout his career.
Pugh also has head coaching experience, directing the Alabama A&M program from 1989-91. In his three seasons, the Bulldogs posted a 19-10 record, winning three Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and reaching the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1991.
In 2007, Pugh served as receivers coach at the University of Houston, helping the Cougars reach the Texas Bowl and coaching Donnie Avery, who was selected in the second round (33rd overall pick) of the 2008 National Football League draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Prior to that, Pugh served two seasons (2005-06) at UAB. That was his second tour of duty with the Blazers, where he also worked from 1995-2000, both times working under head coach Watson Brown. In his first UAB stint, Pugh helped the Blazers in their transition to NCAA Division I-A.
He worked as an assistant coach at Arkansas in 2001-02.
Pugh began his coaching career in 1976 as an assistant coach at Columbia High School in Decatur, Ga., where he served one season as an assistant coach and one year as head coach. He then moved to the college ranks, serving as receivers coach at UT-Chattanooga (1978-79) and then New Mexico (1980).
He then spent one season at Pittsburgh, helping the Panthers reach the 1982 Sugar Bowl, before a seven-year stint at Texas A&M (1982-88). The Aggies won three Southwest Conference titles and played in three Cotton Bowls during his time there.
Pugh also coached high school football in Alabama at Selma High School (1992-93) and Luverne High School (1994).
A four-year letterwinner as a tight end, Pugh played at Alabama under head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. During his four years (1972-75), the Crimson Tide lost just one game, highlighted by a national championship in 1973. He earned his bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation from Alabama in 1976.
Pugh is married to the former Lelettrice Hines. The couple has three daughters, Stephanie, April and Brittany, and three sons, Marcus, Michael George and Joshua.