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WVU Basketball Celebrates 15 Years of Bob Huggins



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West Virginia basketball celebrates 15 years of Bob Huggins serving as the head coach of the men’s basketball program. Huggins was hired by the university on April 6, 2007.

“This has always been a dream for me to coach here. Hopefully, I coach here better than I played,” Huggins said at his introductory press conference.

Since Huggins’ hiring in 2007, the WVU graduate brought the Mountaineers to the program’s second Final Four in school history in 2010. The Morgantown native is the second in all-time coaching wins at WVU, with 326 wins behind Gale Catlett. Huggins has won 916 career games spanning five coaching tenures at Walsh College, Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, and West Virginia.

Last week, Huggins was formally invited to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022.

“This is something that you cherish. It’s kind of like the kid on Christmas. It’s something that I can’t put my head around,” Huggins told Rece Davis and Jay Bilas on ESPN2. “It’s a lot of work. It’s doing things the right way. It’s being a father figure. It’s way bigger than basketball.”

Huggins’ current contract ends in 2024, with his contact with West Virginia University expiring in 2026.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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