Mike McHugh inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame at Potomac State College

Mike McHugh inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Alumnus Mike McHugh (second from left) was recently inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, W.Va.  McHugh was introduced by his brother, Tom (second from right).  Presenting the award were Campus President Leonard Colelli (left) and Athletic Director Shawn White (right).   McHugh was a standout football player during the 1976 and 1977 seasons.  

Michael J. McHugh, a native of Boyertown, Pa. and alumnus of Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University, was recently recognized by his alma mater during the College’s Weekend of Honors events, at which time he was inducted into the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame.  

“This place changed my life,” declared McHugh, “I received a letter from Coach Cecil Perkins saying he wanted me to come play football for him.  I’d never thought about going to college, then one day, here I was.

Under the direction of former Coach Perkins, McHugh led the PSC football team in receiving yards throughout the 1976 and 1977 seasons.  During the 1977 season, he served as captain of the team and played in the All-Star game. 

According to his brother, Tom, who introduced McHugh during his induction, “Mike has always belonged to a team, whether as a player or coach, or as lead singer for Mike & The Monotones, family has always remained number one and he’s never forgotten his roots.”

After leaving PSC, McHugh continued his college career playing for the Oilers at the University of Findlay in Ohio and was a member of the 1979 NAIA National Championship Team.  He also led the 1981Oilers team in receiving. 

Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, McHugh accepted the position of women’s track and field coach at Findlay.  However, he would coach and influence many athletes over the next 40 years.

McHugh has served as head football coach at Northmor High School (Ohio) and as the girl’s track coach.  He later accepted a job at Eastern Michigan University, serving as an offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and as a defensive line coach, while simultaneously earning his master’s degree in physical education.

From there, McHugh moved to the University of Missouri where he remained for six seasons, serving as their video coordinator and recruiting assistant before being named director of football operations for the Tigers.  He then joined the National Football League team of the Detroit Lions where he served two seasons as their offensive assistant coach.

Additionally, McHugh has served as director of football operations at the University of Oregon, the University of California, Fresno State, and the University of Washington. 

McHugh began his remarks by telling those in attendance that when he attended school here, he never made it past the flag pole in the center of the quad, quipping, “I just found out there’s a library on campus!”  However, once the laughter settled and McHugh thanked all of those involved for the honor of being inducted, he gave the audience sound advice, “You are the CEO of you – of your life.  No one achieves anything on their own, the people you surround yourself with help, so surround yourself with good people.  Thank these people.  Tell them you love them.  And remember, everything you say and do makes a ‘resume’ statement because someone is always watching.  And finally, make good decisions.  Do the right thing.”

Tom later added, “My little brother has come full circle.  He’s returned to the college that gave him his start and he’s returned to the University of Missouri where he got his first director of operations job.”