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GIRLS SOCCER NOTEPAD: Pugh feeling rejuvenated with Hornets
Dwane Pugh had only worked with boys and co-ed soccer teams during his first 30 or so years in coaching.
Now he’s wondering why it took him so long to coach an all-girls team.
Pugh, the longtime Orange boys soccer coach, made the switch to the girls side this season, and he’s having the time of his life.
“I tell you what, and you can quote me on this: I don’t know if I ever wanna go back,” Pugh said. “I love coaching these girls.”
Pugh made the move to the girls team after spending 14 years with the boys program—seven as the junior varsity coach and seven as the varsity skipper. The change was made to give the girls team some much-needed stability.
Pugh said he was only the second boys varsity coach in school history, but he said the girls team had 26 different coaches during that same period of time.
“The parents were pressing for some type of continuity,” said Pugh, who was already thinking about making a move because his 11-year-old daughter will be coming up through the system soon.
So far, Pugh has been a great fit for the girls team. The Hornets are 2–5 through the early part of the season, and they’re starting to heat up.
Before Thursday’s matchup against Monticello, Orange had won two out of three games. That’s two more wins than the Hornets had all last season, according to Pugh.
In fact, Pugh said Orange’s 5–3 overtime win at Powhatan on April 19 was the program’s first win in almost three years.
Led by senior captains Jamie Barr (12 goals and two assists), Kauri Dynes, Devin Petty and Anna Bosworth, the Hornets could be a contender to make some noise the rest of the season.
“I feel like our best soccer this season is in front of us, so our record may not really describe how dangerous we’re going to be at the end of the season,” Pugh said.
“I feel we could be a darkhorse to be one of the top two or three teams in the district tournament at the end of the season. We’re playing very well.”