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Hayfield's Billy Pugh Suffers Stroke

In this 2004 photo, Billy Pugh, right, laughs at old photographs from a 1977 George Washington High School yearbook with his wife Nancy at their home in Lorton. Photo by Ryan Anderson/The Washington Post

Hayfield football coach Billy Pugh suffered a stroke Monday at the school and was immediately taken to Fairfax Inova Hospital.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed Pugh is recovering in the Neuroscience Intensive Care ward.
Pugh, 49, became stricken before football practice Monday.

“He’s lost all motion and feeling on his left side,” assistant coach Roy Hill said. “The doctors did a CAT scan [Tuesday] to try to give him some answers.”

Said Hayfield athletic director Steve Kewer: “He’s alert, responsive and coherent and talking football.”

Kewer said Hill will coach the team on an interim basis until Pugh returns.

Pugh, who also teaches social studies at Hayfield, has been the school’s football coach since 2000.

Hayfield (5-2, 4-0 Virginia AAA National District) is having its best season this decade and has won four of its past five. The Hawks host Stuart (3-4) Friday.

Throughout more than two decades of coaching, Pugh has worked with more than 50 different teams in various counties.

By B.J. Koubaroulis  |  October 20, 2009; 1:49 PM ET
Categories:  AAA Concorde District , AAA Liberty District , AAA National District , AAA Patriot District  
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