West Virginia University mens basketball Head Coach Bob Huggins is no stranger to leading, particularly on the basketball court. As the parade marshal for WVU s 2007 Homecoming festivities, he will lead students, alumni and community members through the streets of Morgantown during the Homecoming parade.
Coach Huggins, a WVU alumnus, will kickoff the Homecoming parade at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19. He also will be honored during halftime at the WVU -Mississippi State football game Oct. 20.
On April 6, 2007, Coach Huggins was introduced as the 21st mens head basketball coach. Huggins has a 590-211 record and 25 seasons under his belt as a head coach. He ranks sixth in total victories and eighth in winning percentage among active Division I head coaches and has coached at Walsh College, Akron, Cincinnati and Kansas State.
With the �€~Coming Hometheme surrounding the inauguration of Mike Garrison as our 22nd president and the various Homecoming activities, Coach Huggins was a wonderful choice for parade marshal. We are pleased to welcome him home to Morgantown,said Steve Douglas, president and CEO , WVU Alumni Association.
Hugginsteams have participated in postseason play in 22 of his 25 seasons, including 15 NCAA tournament appearances. His squads have won 20 or more games in all but four of his 25 campaigns, including 30 or more twice, and he has averaged 23.6 victories a season.
He has proven to be a success as a program builder, recruiter and game strategist. He has developed young and inexperienced squads with as many as three freshman starters into squads that captured two more league titles and made another pair of NCAA appearances. In 1998 he led a team that had only one returning starter to a 27-6 record, conference regular season and tournament titles, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and a Top 10 finish in the polls. Huggins2002 team, unranked when the season began, posted a 31-4 record, setting a Cincinnati mark for victories.
Huggins has also directed star-studded teams, while developing the individual talents of players such as consensus All-American Danny Fortson, Kenyon Martin and Steve Logan, to a succession of conference championships and NCAA tournament runs.
Huggins has achieved similar success on the recruiting trails. He signed three No. 1-rated junior college players and five McDonalds All-Americans to Cincinnati, while six of his last nine recruiting classes ranked among the nations Top 10. His 2007 recruiting class at Kansas State was ranked No. 1 in the country by several outlets, Rivals.com, Scout.com andSports Illustrated.
Huggins earned the Ray Meyer Award as the Conference USA coach of the year a record three times, (1998, 1999 and 2000), and was a unanimous choice as the Conference USA coach of the decade. He was selected as national coach of the year by ESPN .com in 2002. He was named conational coach of the year byThe Sporting Newsin 2005 and was theBasketball Timesnational coach of the year in 1998. He earned
national coach of the year recognition fromHoop Scoopin 1992 andPlayboyin 1993.
After his playing career at West Virginia, Huggins began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at WVU for his college coach, Joedy Gardner, in 1977. He moved to Ohio State the following season to assist head coach Eldon Miller. During his two-year stint from 1978-80, Huggins helped the Buckeyes to a 40-20 (.667) record and a pair of postseason appearances, including the second round of the 1980 NCAA tournament.
Huggins was a three year All Ohio selection and the 1972 Ohio player of the Year while playing for his father, Charles, at Indian Valley South High in Gnadenhutten, Ohio. He first attended Ohio University but transferred to WVU after his freshman season.
Huggins was a two year letterman for the Mountaineers under Gardner from 1975-77. As a senior and tri-captain, he helped the squad to an 18-11 overall record and a tie for the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League Western division title. In addition to helping the team earn their highest win total in nine seasons, he was named most valuable player after pacing the squad with 3.8 assists per game average.
Born in Morgantown on Sept. 21, 1953, Huggins received his bachelors of science degree in physical education in 1977 from WVU and his masters degree in health administration in 1978. He and his wife, June, have two daughters, Jenna Leigh and Jacqueline.