Sandy Pugh is leaving Baton Rouge after 18 years at Southern, but she’s not leaving the SWAC.
Pugh has been named the head women’s basketball coach at Prairie View A&M, the school announced on Monday morning.
“I am excited to announce Sandy Pugh as the new head coach of Prairie View A&M women’s basketball,” PVAMU Vice President/Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson said.
“She is a championship-winning coach with a proven pedigree of success. Coach Pugh won championships as a player in high school and college, and has been a part of and developed championship programs as an assistant coach and head coach. We look for her to lead and elevate Prairie View A&M women’s basketball back to championship status and beyond.”
A four-time SWAC Coach of The Year, Pugh finished .500 or better in 15 of her 18 seasons with the Lady Jags. In fact, she led the program to a record 26 wins in just her second season, helping it claim its first-ever women’s regular season and tournament titles.
“I want to thank Ashley Robinson for this incredible opportunity to be able to come to Prairie View A&M,” Pugh said. “PV is at the forefront of everything in our conference. The growth has just been magnificent here at the University and in Athletics under Ashley’s tutelage. What I see in the Athletic Department is just astounding, and for to have an opportunity to be a part of this growth and development and to come over to coach the women’s basketball team is a blessing. I’m so looking forward to being here and being a part of the PV family. The family atmosphere here I’ve experienced has been overwhelming.”
The Lady Panthers finished 15-16 last season, going 12-6 in the SWAC.