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BYU offensive line coach Ryan Pugh moving on to Troy as offensive coordinator

PROVO — BYU’s offensive coaching staff is undergoing a bit of a shakeup as offensive line coach Ryan Pugh is leaving to become the new offensive coordinator and O-line coach at Troy University.

Pugh, 30, will join coach Chip Lindsey’s staff at Troy, the Trojans announced Monday. Lindsey was named the head coach at Troy, located in Troy, Alabama, last week, replacing Neal Brown, who took the head coaching job at West Virginia.

“I’m excited for Coach Pugh. This is a great opportunity for Ryan to become a coordinator in his home state,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. “He is an outstanding coach, and I appreciate all he has done to help our program. I wish him the best at Troy.”

Pugh has never been an offensive coordinator. He arrived in Provo last December when he was hired by his mentor, first-year BYU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.

Previously, Pugh was the offensive line coach at UT-San Antonio from 2016-17 and he was an O-line graduate assistant at Louisiana State (2015), Cincinnati (2014), Virginia Tech (2013) and Auburn (2012).

“I’m excited to be back home in the state of Alabama and to have the opportunity to work with Coach Lindsey,” Pugh said in a statement. “You cannot help but be excited when you have a great offensive mind in coach Lindsey as the head coach of a tradition-rich program like Troy. I’m honored and thankful to be at Troy and look forward to pushing these young men and this program to the top of the Group of Five.”

“Ryan is one of the top young coaches in this profession and has a great rapport with his players,” Lindsey said. “He was an All-American and team captain as a four-year starter at Auburn, and his transition into the coaching profession has been seamless. I know firsthand the type …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

BYU offensive line coach Ryan Pugh moving on to Troy as offensive coordinator

PROVO — BYU’s offensive coaching staff is undergoing a bit of a shakeup as offensive line coach Ryan Pugh is leaving to become the new offensive coordinator and O-line coach at Troy University.

Pugh, 30, will join coach Chip Lindsey’s staff at Troy, the Trojans announced Monday. Lindsey was named the head coach at Troy, located in Troy, Alabama, last week, replacing Neal Brown, who took the head coaching job at West Virginia.

“I’m excited for Coach Pugh. This is a great opportunity for Ryan to become a coordinator in his home state,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. “He is an outstanding coach, and I appreciate all he has done to help our program. I wish him the best at Troy.”

Pugh has never been an offensive coordinator. He arrived in Provo last December when he was hired by his mentor, first-year BYU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.

Previously, Pugh was the offensive line coach at UT-San Antonio from 2016-17 and he was an O-line graduate assistant at Louisiana State (2015), Cincinnati (2014), Virginia Tech (2013) and Auburn (2012).

“I’m excited to be back home in the state of Alabama and to have the opportunity to work with Coach Lindsey,” Pugh said in a statement. “You cannot help but be excited when you have a great offensive mind in coach Lindsey as the head coach of a tradition-rich program like Troy. I’m honored and thankful to be at Troy and look forward to pushing these young men and this program to the top of the Group of Five.”

“Ryan is one of the top young coaches in this profession and has a great rapport with his players,” Lindsey said. “He was an All-American and team captain as a four-year starter at Auburn, and his transition into the coaching profession has been seamless. I know firsthand the type …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

Canucks prospect Demko could be assistant Clark’s masterpiece

VANCOUVER – Most people see height. Ian Clark looks for length.

Clark is the Vancouver Canucks’ goaltending professor. He was the goalie coach who helped Roberto Luongo elevate his game when he came to Vancouver, then built Sergei Bobrovsky into a Vezina Trophy-winner when Clark went to Columbus.

In his first National Hockey League season back on the Canucks’ staff, Clark is helping starter Jacob Markstrom play the best goal of his life. But his masterpiece could one day be Thatcher Demko, the tremendous goaltending prospect from the minors who, since his call-up to the NHL on Jan. 4, has been taking a heavy course load at Clarkie U.

The 23-year-old from San Diego is six-foot-four. That’s not what Ian Clark sees.

“I always measure goaltenders from an anatomical-athletic perspective on length,” Clark told Sportsnet before Demko and the Canucks got a rest day on Monday.

“Length is the key thing, not so much size. You can have a six-foot-four goaltender who lacks athleticism and he can’t lengthen himself (to make saves). But if you watch Andrei Vasilevskiy play (for Tampa), you’re amazed when you watch his length. And then he combines that with good structure and intelligent play. So he’s making simple saves simply and then out of nowhere, his leg comes out and that’s the length that he has.

“In Thatcher’s case, for me the question is: Anatomically, working with that athletic ability, does he have length? He’s a long goalie and that is something that’s very promising.”

Length is what allows goalies to extend, to reach or even contort to get to pucks. Height is little good if the goalie is not athletic enough or in the proper position to enable length.

When Markstrom appeared beaten on a rebound on Sunday but …read more

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