BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Former Hilltopper Dani Pugh has joined the WKU Softball staff
as an assistant coach, head coach Amy Tudor announced Tuesday. Pugh, a 2016 graduate
of WKU, joins the Hilltopper staff following multiple high school coaching stints in
her home state of Ohio.
“What a great opportunity to hire a former student-athlete in Dani Pugh,” head coach
Amy Tudor shared. “We’re very excited to have her rejoin us on The Hill. I am both
thankful and grateful to have had the opportunity to coach her and now coach
Pugh will work with the Hilltopper infielders as a part of Tudor’s staff. She owns
claim to several WKU Softball records including single season putouts (486), single
season fielding percentage (t-3rd .996), and single-game runs batted in (6).
“I can’t thank Coach Tudor and the WKU administration enough for giving me an
opportunity to come back to WKU and help continue building the program that was so
special to me,” Pugh added. “I’m really looking forward to working with Coach Tudor
again as a Hilltopper.”
Pugh lettered three years at IPFW before closing her collegiate career as a
Hilltopper in 2015. While in Fort Wayne, she earned First Team All-Conference
recognition while helping the team to a conference tournament championship along
with an NCAA Tournament appearance.
During her season on The Hill as a student-athlete, Pugh was recognized as a Second
Team All-Conference USA selection. The team claimed both the regular season and
conference tournament championships in the program’s inaugural season in Conference
USA while advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Pugh slashed .231/.362/.441 during her
time in the red and white with nine home runs and 37 RBI while starting all 50
Following the completion of her playing days, Pugh switched sides and became a
student coach for the next school year with the Tops. Completing her undergraduate
degree during that time, Pugh studied interdisciplinary studies with a focus in
From Bowling Green, Pugh headed up to Westerville North High School where she was
the head junior varsity coach until May 2018 before she headed to Bishop Ready High
School to serve as an assistant coach with the varsity squad.
Pugh rounds out the WKU staff as Tudor enters her seventh year at the helm while
Kayla Bixel enters her fourth season as an assistant coach and fifth year on staff.