An AlI-ClF selection in 1975, Pugh was named to Scholastic Magazine’s All-American High School Football team in the same year. Pugh’s senior year culminated in an MVP Lineman award in the 1976 Santa Barbara County All-Star Football game, playing in the 25th Silver Anniversary Shrine Football Classic at the Rose Bowl and a full scholarship to play football for the USC Trojans where he played on the 1978 NCAA National Chalnpionship Team.
Pugh’s USC recruiting class included Trojan standouts Anthony Munoz, Charles White, Brad Budde, Keith Van Honle and Jeff Fisher. During his four years as a Trojan. Pugh played alongside future Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott, Bruce Matthews and Marcus Allen. Pugh appeared in three Rose Bowls (1976, 1978 and 1980) and the] 977 Blue Bonnet Bowl. He erul1ed the USC / David X. Marx Scholar Athlete Award in 1980 and was an honorable mention selection to the All-Pac-10 team in the same year. Pugh graduated from USC with a degree in Business Administration.
Not drafted, but pursued by several NFL teams as a free agent, Pugh opted not to try out and began his 20-year career in the telecommunications field working for Pacific Telephone, AT&T and Lucent Technology. Two years ago, Pugh started his own business and is a local business owner and CEO of Gsolutionz. a telecommunication business and business partner of Avaya.
Pugh recognizes Bill Shields, his coach in elementary school athletics, Maury Halleck, his San Marcos basketball coach, Marv Goux and John Robinson of USC and his father as his greatest influence.
Pugh has been married to Janine for over 25 years, and they have three children – all San Marcos alumni and standout athletes – Ian, Justin and Shannon.