According to WVUSports.com, West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons has announced men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins’ contract has been extended four years through the 2026-27 season.
At the conclusion of the 2022 season, Huggins will take on a 5-year Emeritus status within the basketball program, meaning the 64-year-old coach will focus on ” bigger picture items” as well as coach. Huggins has the option to decline this position if he wishes and continue to coach if he and the athletic director mutually agree to do so.
Under his new contract, Huggins’ salary of $3,750,000 is set to increase annually by $100,000 through 2022. If he chooses to accept the role of Emeritus, he will receive an additional $50,000.
“I want Bob Huggins leading our basketball program for many years to come,” Lyons said in his official statement. “I wanted the eight all-time winningest Division I coach on our sideline leading his alma mater.”
“I want to thank President Gee, Shane Lyons and our administration for their support and commitment to Mountaineer basketball,” Huggins reciprocated. “I am very lucky to be able to coach in the state and at the university that I love so much. I also want to thank my family, friends and our fans for all their love and support. We will continue to work hard every day so that we can make this great state proud of its basketball team.”
Huggins has amassed 819 wins – 229 at West Virginia – in his 36 seasons of coaching and has led the Mountaineers to 9 postseason appearances, including the 2010 Final Four and four Sweet Sixteen appearances.