The oldest of the four Pugh brothers, Ronnie is a graduate of Asheboro High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He went to Lenoir-Rhyne and played both baseball and football for the Bears.
He has spent the past 15 years as the head coach for the Randolph County Post 45 American Legion team, winning numerous Division and Area III championships. Post 45 has captured Regional championships and qualified for the American Legion World Series the past three seasons.
He and his wife (Teresa) have three boys (Aaron, Tyson and Derek) and eight grandchildren (Sawyer, Jackson, Frances, Henry, Thomas, Brooks, Connor and Eli.)
Born and raised in Asheboro, Doug is a 1975 graduate of Asheboro High School, playing three years of baseball
and football and two years of basketball for the Blue Comets.
A 1979 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne, he played three seasons of football for the Bears.
He is a member of Mid-State Rotary Club and a two-time inductee into the Asheboro High School Hall of Fame, earning those honors for his many years of volunteer service and as being a member of the 1975 Blue Comets WNCHSAA championship baseball team.
Married to the former Ruth Edmiston Miller, the couple has three children (Kathryn, John and Sarah) and four grandchildren
( Landon, Kenzie, Owen and Robert).
Steve is a 1976 graduate of Asheboro High School, where he played football and baseball. A 1980 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne, he also played football and baseball for the Bears.
He and his wife (Tammy) have two children (Kyle and Keli) and four grandchildren (Ava, Addy Kate, Lina and Tucker.)
A 1981 graduate of Asheboro High School, where he played football, Mike graduated from Charlotte with a Business Degree in 1985.
He is currently the president of Cadence Petroleum.
He is an avid runner and has three daughters (Kasey, Kerry and Karly).
Head Coach/General Manager
A 34-year old native of Superior, WI., Ritsche has added the General Manager title along with his head coaching duties. He coached at Winston-Salem State University from 2011 until relocating to Georgia after the 2017 season. While not currently coaching at a school, Keith certainly retains years of knowledge and experience in the game of baseball after spending seven seasons at Winston-Salem State. Entering his sixth season as head coach of the Copperheads, he also spent one year as a pitching coach for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League.
Ritsche was a four-time all-conference pitcher at the College of St. Scholastica. He was named the 2006 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a pitcher and first baseman. He played one season of professional baseball in the independent Frontier League before earning his Master’s Degree in occupational therapy from CSS. He spent 10 years as a licensed occupational therapist in the Atlanta area and the Guilford County S chool system.
Ritsche was the Copperheads head coach for three summers from 2014-16, and then returned for 2018. He led the Copperheads to the Coastal Plain League’s Petit Cup Playoffs in two o f his first three seasons at the helm, narrowly missing them in his first year when he was hired only three weeks before the season. The team won the second half in the CPL West Division in 2015 and his team also had the best overall record in the West. In 2016, the Snakes won the first-half championship in the West Division on their way to another playoff appearance.
Ritsche, who currently resides in Greensboro, returned for the 2019 season and the Copperheads improved its win total by six from the year before.
In his first season as General Manager, Dennis comes to the Asheboro Copperheads after 34 years with The Asheboro Courier-Tribune newspaper, the past 30 as the sports editor. He has covered CPL games and wrote hundreds of stories about the Copperheads since their inception in 1999. He has served in various positions throughout the Copperheads organization in past years, including working with the bat boy/bat girls program and serving as the team’s webcaster as both a play-by-play announcer and color analyst. He is on the Board of Directors for the Asheboro Kiwanis Club and he is also a Board member for the Randolph Sports Council, an organization that promotes and honors high school student-athletes in Randolph County.
Originally from Michigan, he is a graduate of Central Michigan University and is a big fan of all Detroit sports teams as well as the Michigan Wolverines.
He and his wife, Kellie, have one son (Chris) and five grandchildren (Brodee, Bruklynn, Baylee, Kash and Kane).
Director of Marketing and Social Media
Upon graduating from North Carolina State University in December of 2018, Hannah began working full time with Pugh Companies in January. While in college, she worked for the Athletic Marketing Department at NC State, assisting in game day promotional activities, fan experience services and various social media outlets.
She also completed her collegiate internship with the Copperheads during the summer of 2017. She became so passionate about the organization that she decided to return for the 2018 season. She will now be preparing for her fourth season with the team. Born and raised in Montgomery County, NC, Hannah attended East Montgomery High School and is the daughter of Beth Bailey and David Williams. She enjoys spending time with family including her two older brothers and their wives. She is a proud aunt to one nephew and three nieces, all under the age of 7. A fun fact about her is that she was the 2014 NC Peach Queen. Hannah is looking forward to a fun and successful 2020 season with Team Copperhead!
If interested in planning an event, group/business outing, or birthday party at one of our 2020 home games, feel free to contact Hannah at 336-523-1203.