Former West Virginia head coach Fred Schaus was named eligible for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Ballot in 2022, alongside another WVU coach in Bob Huggins. Schaus played a huge role in WVU athletics throughout the years, as he played, coached and served as an athletic director.
Schaus is most known, by West Virginians, as the coach that led the Mountaineers to the program’s first Final Four appearance in 1959. Schaus won 146 games with West Virginia, before going on to coach the Los Angeles Lakers and a roster which featured fellow Mountaineer Jerry West. Schaus won the NBA Finals in 1972, with the Lakers, as an executive. From there, Schaus went back to coaching in college, this time for the Purdue Boilermakers.
Schaus served as West Virginia’s athletic director from 1981-89, helping both football and basketball thrive through the 80’s.
Schaus was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and passed away in 2010.