Charles”Chuck”Howley, a former football player for West Virginia University and the Dallas Cowboys, has been named this years Outstanding Alumnus by the WVU School of Physical Education.
Meanwhile, University of Cincinnati mens basketball coach Robert”Bobby”Huggins, WVU Foundation financial officer Craig Walker and retired Pennsylvania State University recreation professor Fred Coombs have been chosen for induction into the schools Hall of Fame.
All four will be honored at a public ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Lakeview Scanticon Resort and Conference Center.
“The School of Physical Education Outstanding Alumnus and Hall of Fame Class of 2000 inductees are individuals who have distinguished themselves in the worlds of professional sports, intercollegiate coaching, recreation and financial management,”said Dean Dana Brooks.”The inductees have received numerous honors and awards in recognition of their significant contributions to their chosen professions.”
Charles”Chuck”Howley was born in Wheeling. He obtained his bachelors degree in physical education in 1958 from WVU . He played varsity football from 1955-57 and was a 1957 All-American. While at the University, he lettered in football, diving, gymnastics, track and wrestling.
After graduating, he was drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Bears and played linebacker with Dallas for 13 years. He was a six-time All-Pro and became the first player from a losing team to be named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player after the Cowboys fell to the Baltimore Colts 16-13 in Super Bowl V in 1971.
Today, Howley serves as president of Chuck Howley Uniform Rental Services Inc. in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. He was inducted into the School of P.E. Hall of Fame in 1989.
Robert”Bobby”Huggins is a Morgantown native and grew up in Ohio. He received his bachelors degree in physical education in 1977 and masters degree in health administration a year later, both from WVU . He played for the Mountaineer basketball team and was a two-time All-American.
He has coached mens basketball at the University of Cincinnati since 1989, and his 276-86 record makes him the most successful coach in the schools history. Before coaching the Bearcats, he was head coach at Akron and Walsh College, assistant coach at Central Florida and Ohio State, and a graduate assistant coach at WVU .
Craig Walker was raised in Clarksburg. He obtained a bachelors degree in business administration in 1977 and a masters degree in sports management in 1981, both from WVU .
He has been vice president for finance and administration and corporate treasurer for the WVU Foundation Inc. since 1995. Before then, he worked in the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, first as athletic business manager, then as assistant athletic director for finance and administration. He lives in Morgantown.
Fred Coombs grew up in Morgantown. He earned a bachelors degree in P.E. from WVU in 1933. He went on to obtain masters and doctoral degrees in education from New York University.
He retired in 1972 as professor and chairman of Penn States Recreation and Parks Department. Noted for his professional service in recreation and parks, he has served on the State College Park and Recreation Board and Swimming Pool Authority and conducted studies pertaining to recreation in Pennsylvania. He resides in State College, Pa.
Some 71 School of Physical Education alumni have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since it was established in 1988.