Athens, Ala. - (WHNT) Signing up to be a head football coach means you are also signing up to be a father figure to dozens if not hundreds of young men. That part of it was easy for East Limestone's Jeff Pugh. His son Brick also happens to be one of the best high school quarterbacks in North Alabama. Their ability to separate family and football is key to the team's success.
"It's different, it's like he has to be a father and a coach at the same time and I'm sure that's hard on him," Brick said before practice Tuesday. The recipe for success is simple on the surface but much harder to execute in every day life. Coach Pugh though, feels like he has it figured out.
"He knows that I love him. He knows that when I get home I may talk about some things that went on at practice, but as far as that goes he is still my son. I'm proud of him for what he has been able to do, I'm proud of the kind of person he is."
The love is evident on and off the field, unless XBOX is involved. "That game, I love that game, he hates soccer though. I love FIFA. I call him in their to watch it like I'm playing a football game or something, He will come in there and just get mad at me and walk out."
Coach Pugh's response to that, "If the worst thing he does is play XBOX, I think we will be alright."