Bob Huggins’ new right hand man appears extremely ready to go and excited for this big opportunity.
A day after the news became official, Josh Eilert voiced his thoughts with a tweet.
“Thank you Mountaineer Nation for the outpouring of support, and Coach Huggins and Athletic Director Shane Lyons for your trust, loyalty and vote of confidence. Shout-out to my wife Brandi for her continued support and sacrifice. I am extremely excited for the new challenge! #HailWV,” Eilert added to a tweet from the official WVU men’s basketball account.
Thank you Mountaineer Nation for the outpouring of support, and @CoachHuggs and @WVUADLyons for your trust, loyalty and vote of confidence. Shout-out to my wife Brandi for her continued support and sacrifice. I am extremely excited for the new challenge! #HailWV https://t.co/vvZDsCnBds
— Josh Eilert (@josheilert) July 20, 2022
Eilert, who will join WVU head coach Bob Huggins and assistants Larry Harrison and Ron Everhart on the main coaching staff, seems to be well aware of what coaching under Bob Huggins can do for him and his career.
He can look no further than the loyalty Huggins has displayed to those working under him. Larry Harrison has been at WVU since arriving with Huggins in 2007. He also spent almost a decade with Huggins in Cincinnati from 1989 to 1997. Huggins brought his personal friend and fellow West Virginia native Ron Everhart aboard in 2012 following his exit from being the head coach at Duquesne.
Eilert can hope to eventually follow in the footsteps of the the man he replaced too. Erik Martin left WVU to take over the head coaching position at South Carolina State. Martin got emotional and even broke down at his introductory press conference when discussing the impact Huggins has had on him.
“I am a winner. I’ve played in the Final Four, I have coached in the Final Four. I know how to win,” Martin said. “Now my job is to translate that to my team and I think I can do that, I know I can do that. I’ve got a lot to learn.”
Eilert spent the past 16 seasons under Huggins, 15 years at West Virginia and one at Kansas State. The Kansas native most recently served as Assistant Athletics Director for Basketball Operations since 2013. Before that, Eilert was a video coordinator at WVU. As a coach, Eilert has been a part of 10-NCAA Tournament appearances, 4-Sweet 16’s and a Final Four appearance in 2010.
Eilert first joined Huggins at KSU as a graduate assistant back in 2006.