Where are they now? Tillman/Pugh
Jason Tillman - Men’s Soccer
Using the skill sets he acquired during his varsity career, Jason Tillman is thriving in his current profession as a brand manager for Similac NeoSure. Jason is originally from Brighton, MI and his relationship with MSU started like most, through sports. From attending both baseball and football games with his dad to dominating the soccer field where he was named a Big Ten Defensive Player in ’05, Jason definitely left a huge Spartan footprint. We asked Jason if he was seriously impacted by any MSU faculty and his answer was Mandy Chandler, the Associate Director for the Student-Athlete Support Services. It was through mentorship and great administrators that helped him become both a successful student and athlete. Jason is a graduate of the Broad College of Business with a degree in Supply Chain Management. Since graduation in 2007, Jason has worked for Abbot Laboratories within various health care departments like pharmaceuticals and medical nutrition. Jason attributes the skills he’s learned within the athletics department, like leadership, teamwork, and overcoming adversity as a big reason for his success within his career. Keep in contact with Jason using the resources below.
Lonnie Pugh - Track and Field
Two very important factors of being a successful athlete is will and mental toughness. These factors play a crucial role in MSU alumnus Lonnie Pugh’s athletic career. Lonnie became a Spartan in ’09 after being recruited for track and field. Although he was eager to work hard and leave a legacy behind just as any college athlete would be, he encountered adversity when he discovered a herniated disc that left him unable to compete for a month. It was then that Lonnie and his teammate Antonio James made a pact that they would train as hard as they possibly could in order to take the top two spots at the Big Ten Conference meet. Like most athletes discover, with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Antonio and Lonnie went on to accomplish that goal and they’re still good friends today. Lonnie is currently the Assistant Throws coach for Sienna Heights University where he produced three National Champions in the shot put and weight throw. He has also completed a Master’s degree in Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education. Lonnie continues to reflect back on his days as an MSU athlete in order to be an effective and helpful coach at Sienna Heights. If you’d like to contact Lonnie, his personal email address is located below.