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Catching up with former Bremerton Hall of Fame coach Lloyd Pugh

Lloyd Pugh watches Olympic College distance track practice last week. - Mike Baldwin/staff photo
Lloyd Pugh watches Olympic College distance track practice last week.
— image credit: Mike Baldwin/staff photo

The former longtime Bremerton High School track coach is currently working for Olympic College’s program in 2011. Pugh, a member of the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame, led the Knights for 13 years before receiving notice last September that he would not return. Now, Pugh is working with the Rangers to build its track team from the ground up.

How does it feel to be back coaching?

It’s a great feeling. There are a lot of things that haven’t happened yet that I’m curious about in terms of how the program will pan out.

What are your plans right now?

For me right now, it’s season to season, sometimes day to day, but I’m looking forward to the good weather and a great season. We have a lot of well-trained athletes and I’m excited to see how we do in our first year.

Why is it important to have a track team at Olympic College?

It offers the kids around this area a chance to extend their track and field careers at least two more years. There are a lot of kids who aren’t quite at the level to compete for a Division I or II team.

It would be a tremendous attraction around the peninsula to extend their time in track and field.

We have a good enough staff that’s experienced enough to bring kids along that can graduate into a Division I or II school, and have a good time with track and field at that level.

Are you involved at all with Bremerton High School’s track program?

No, not at all, but I’m looking forward to being here at the college.

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