few weeks ago, Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bugg found himself toe-to-toe
with a 6’3, 230-pound aggressive male armed with a stick. Kevin,
5’9” and weighing in at 180 pounds was at a clear disadvantage.
But, he stood his ground and fought back.
“I didn’t win
the face off,” Kevin said with a smile, “but our team won the
Kevin was playing the game of lacrosse. According to the book,
Lacrosse for Dummies, “It contains the physical hitting of
football, the speed and quickness of hockey, and the passing and
shooting ability of basketball. Anybody can play this game, from
the little guy who has speed and quickness to the big guy who
has strength and power.”
The earlier David and Goliath
encounter gave Kevin the opportunity to teach his 11-year-old
son, Charlie, a life lesson.
“When we’re watching college
lacrosse together on television,” Kevin said, “I’ll be able to
point out Colin Sherwood at Chapel Hill, which is ranked 3rd in
the nation, and tell him, ‘There’s the guy I faced off with in
our local men’s league.’”
In reality, while Kevin knew
that his opponent had a clear advantage, he also knew that
anything is possible. This knowledge came from a life-changing
experience when Kevin played lacrosse while attending Radford
“Coach Doug Bartlett took our mediocre team and showed us how to
beat Roanoke, ranked No.2 in the country. He proved to us that
you can do anything with the right attitude and preparation,”
Kevin, in turn has been coaching youth
lacrosse in Kernersville for years. Finally, last year,
Kernersville formed its first youth team—Kernersville Cannons.
Again, proving anything is possible, Kevin has one girl on his
boy’s league team, 11-year-old Katelyn Anderson.
“Katelyn,” Kevin said, “is one of my best players. And, it
didn’t take long for her to earn the respect of her teammates.”
Katelyn has learned all the lessons the boys have learned
and one more.
“I learned that girls can do anything boys
can do and we can be just as good at it as they are,” Katelyn
Kevin also teaches the team to manage anger
and hurtful remarks by others. Instead of taking it out on the
individual, he advises them to take it out on the field, which
will make the team better.
Anna Marie Price, who watched her 12-year-old son, Gabe,
flourish under Coach Kevin Bugg’s leadership, saw the team
really come together by the end of the season.
noted, “Kevin is amazingly patient with the kids. He gets them
focused and gives them positive reinforcement. You can see the
difference in their lives.”
Kevin also helps players
develop “field sense”— knowing where everyone is at on the field
and where they are headed next.
It is probably this
skill—communication by intuition—that has helped Kevin more than
anything else in his daily life. Early in life, Kevin was able
to see the big picture of community. And, right in his boyhood
home, he saw an amazing demonstration of community support.
“My dad, Bobby Bugg,” reminisced Kevin, “had to retire as a
manager from State Farm when he was only 38 years old due to
thrombophlebitis. But because he always put others first and he
had such a positive attitude, people came to us. I knew that is
what I wanted for my life.”
So Kevin was one of those rare people that actually majored in
insurance in college! And, because he really believed that
insurance provides a way to coach people to protect themselves
and make their dreams come true—Kevin was put on the State Farm
corporate fast track immediately upon graduation.
after a few years on that playing field, Kevin realized that he
wanted more person-to-person contact.
“When I traveled
the country,” explained Kevin, “working with agents helped me
realize that I wanted the one-on-one relationships that they had
with their clients and with their hometowns.”
easy to switch leagues, moving from the corporate side of the
business to the agency side, but after 10 years, Kevin was
selected to open his own State Farm Insurance office in
Kernersville in 1995.
Since that time, his “field sense”
has helped him to know when and where he is really needed. For
instance, in 2005, when client Stephen J. Nanney knew he was
going to lose his battle to cancer, he asked Kevin to take care
of his family.
Kevin knew what Stephen was asking for.
The family’s heating system was broken and it was the middle of
winter. One child was still at home and Betty, Stephen’s
soon-to-be widow had serious health problems of her own.
Surveying the field, Kevin realized that he was the only one in
a position to give this family the long-term support they
“Kevin has been like part of our family,” said Betty, “even to
the extent that we insisted on listing him in Stephen’s
obituary. And now, almost four years later, Kevin is still there
for me anytime I call him.” Kevin also surveyed the community
landscape and decided that there was a place for him in town
One of his supporter’s, Jerry Young, who set
out signs and campaigned for Kevin said, “Kevin is a man who
looks at the big picture. He doesn’t have an agenda and he
doesn’t blindly vote with the party. Instead, he really looks at
what is best for both business and the individual in
In addition to his strong commitment to
his family, which includes his wife, Lisa, and children, Charlie
and Aleksey, and his State Farm agency and his role as Mayor Pro
Tem, Kevin weekly coaches students academically in the Rotary
Club’s Study Buddy program, is heavily involved in the Chamber
of Commerce and Körner’s Folly, serves on the board of
Kernersville Foundation, and of course, coaches lacrosse.
In spite of this heavy load and maybe in response to this
heavy load, Kevin always makes time to play lacrosse.
“Life comes at you fast and each time I play lacrosse I’m
reminded of the importance of playing as a team and being there