West Virginia's Bob Huggins joins elite coaching fraternity with 800th win
One day this guy is going to get the respect he deserves
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins joined an elite fraternity of coaches on Saturday by notching his 800th career win. He did so in casual fashion by coaching the Mountaineers to a throttling of UMKC, 112-67, in front of his home crowd.
It's a remarkable achievement. Heck, it's remarkable he's still here. A heart attack in 2002 nearly killed him. This Huggins profile by our Gary Parrish is worth your time.
How remarkable is this achievement? Only 10 men's basketball coaches have reached 800 wins as head coaches. Among the names on that list is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuses's Jim Boeheim, and most recently Rollie Massimino, who put his name on the record book earlier this week.
Huggins' coaching genius is best known for his teams' physical defensive effort and fast pace. The Mountaineers run a grueling full-court press and force an NCAA leading 26 turnovers per game.
He spent time in his coaching career at Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, and finally at West Virginia, where he started as a player and has subsequently built a coaching legacy . This mark of 800 career wins is just another notch in the belt of an extraordinary coach who's had an extraordinary career.
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