Where did Bob Huggins coach before he went to West Virginia?

Where did Bob Huggins coach before he went to West Virginia?

Where did Bob Huggins coach before he went to West Virginia?

Bob Huggins, also known as "Huggy Bear," is a renowned American college basketball coach with an extensive coaching career that spans several prestigious institutions before his tenure at West Virginia University.

This Fan Arch feature aims to provide a comprehensive overview of Huggins' coaching journey prior to his time at West Virginia.

Early Coaching Career

Bob Huggins embarked on his coaching journey as a graduate assistant at West Virginia under Gardner in 1977.

Following this, he served as an assistant to Eldon Miller at Ohio State University for two years.

Huggins then transitioned to a head coaching role at Walsh University in 1980. During his three-year tenure at Walsh, he achieved remarkable success, compiling a record of 71–26 and earning NAIA District 22 Coach of the Year honors twice.

Notably, Huggins led the Walsh team to a perfect 30–0 regular season mark and an eventual 34–1 record in the 1982–83 season.

After a brief stint as an assistant at the University of Central Florida, Huggins was appointed as the head coach of the University of Akron.

At Akron, Huggins accomplished a commendable record of 97–46 and guided the team to post-season play in three out of his five seasons, including an NCAA bid in the 1985–86 season.

Cincinnati Bearcats (1989-2005)

Huggins further solidified his coaching prowess during his tenure as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats from 1989 to 2005. Upon his arrival, the Bearcats had not secured an NCAA tournament bid since 1977.

But under Huggins' leadership, the team experienced a notable turnaround.

In his third season as coach, the Bearcats advanced to the Final Four of the 1992 NCAA tournament, marking the beginning of 13 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament under Huggins' guidance.

While Huggins' success on the court was evident, his tenure at Cincinnati was not devoid of controversy.

Criticism arose regarding the graduation rates of his players, with a commentator describing the rate as "abysmal."

Huggins defended himself, citing that junior college transfers were not counted as graduates, despite earning a degree later, contributing to the dispute over the graduation rates of his players.

Notable Achievements at Cincinnati

During his time at Cincinnati, Huggins secured several impressive accomplishments, including various championships and coaching awards.

These achievements underscore his impact and influence during his tenure at the university.

Notable championships include NCAA Regional Final Four appearances in 1992 and 2010, OVC regular season and tournament victories in 1986, Great Midwest regular season and tournament victories, along with numerous C-USA regular season and tournament triumphs.

Transition to West Virginia

Following his successful stint at Cincinnati, Huggins made a pivotal move to West Virginia University in 2007, marking the beginning of a new chapter in his coaching career.

His arrival at West Virginia brought about significant changes and further solidified his status as a prominent figure in college basketball coaching.

Huggins's time at West Virginia was characterized by notable accomplishments, including leading the team to their second Final Four in school history during the 2009–10 season and clinching the Big East tournament title.

He also achieved his 700th career victory during his tenure at West Virginia, further solidifying his status as a highly accomplished coach.

Huggins' coaching history prior to West Virginia lays the foundation for his remarkable legacy and sets the stage for his impactful tenure at West Virginia University, where he continued to leave an indelible mark on the college basketball landscape.


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