Coach Pugliese joined the Play Ball USA staff in 2014, but is no stranger to the academy. “Pug” was a student at Play Ball during his time at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL where he was elected as the senior captain of the baseball team, and later an All-Conference selection at shortstop.
Mike continued his baseball career at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI where he spent four years with the Redman as an infielder, primarily at second base. He graduated with a degree in Exercise Sports Science and now Coach Pugliese is the head coach for the Illinois Indians’ 15u TRIBE team and a Summer coach for Notre Dame College Prep.
He specializes in hitting and infield defensive instruction.