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Long Distance Work from a Social Distance: Pure Sweat’s Matt Pugh Finding Ways to Teach Basketball Through Health Crisis

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Normally Pure Sweat basketball player development coach Matt Pugh is an easy guy to track down.

Over the offseason, you can find him in a gym 5-6 days a week but while social distancing is in effect, even from his New London, Missouri home, Pugh is still determined to help players from long range.

It's a status quo that we're all still doing our best to adapt to.

Pugh said that,"The first several days when everything comes to a screeching halt you kind of get in this funky spot of like what do I do?

How am I going to serve players?

How am I going to do what I normally do in this new kind of normal so to speak?"

The former Hannibal High head Coach and John Wood assistant posted on social media earlier this week that he was doling out advice to anyone who wanted to send videos of their jumpshots to him for feedback.

With the help of his daughter Baylee, they've helped players from Mendon, Illinois to St. Charles, Missouri proving that while the sports world is on hold, not all progress has to be.

Pugh explained that, "They can't go play five or six AAU games in a weekend.

All those things are shut down.

So I thought man what a better time or a better opportunity for players that need or want to make a subtle tweak or change to their shot than now."

However long this health crisis lasts, Pugh is confident while society will be forever different there's plenty of positive to be found in that.

Pugh said, "Not being able to physically be there is a challenge for sure.

As I'm so used to being hands-on, but doing it this way has really been beneficial and I think it's actually made me a better teacher, to be honest with you."

David Sugarman

David Sugarman is the Weekend Sports Anchor & Reporter at WGEM News.

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