West Virginia and Coach Bob Huggins Agree to an Extension
On Tuesday, Bog Huggins and West Virginia agreed on a 6 year extension through the year of 2023. Over the next six years his pay will increase to about $20 million ($3.33 million per year) and will earn $3 million this year.
Huggins began coaching the Mountaineers in 2007 and played for West Virginia from 1975-1977.
With his contract extension, Huggins will be only the 8th coach to reach the $3 million mark per season. This says a lot about Huggins especially because he has never won a national championship and has only reached 2 final fours. He has reached 1 final four while coaching the Mountaineers in 2010.
A combined record of 710-268 summarizes the success Huggins has had as a coach. He began his coaching career as a grad assistant at WVU and has been a head coach since 1980.
Huggins has spent time as the head coach at Walsh, Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, and currently West Virginia. By far Huggins achieved his greatest accomplishment at the University of Cincinnati, where he was able to coach the Bearcats to 10 straight regular season conference championships in 2 different conferences.
Huggins has guided the Mountaineers to the NCAA tournament in all 5 seasons at West Virginia, but this year he will face an uphill climb. We will learn how good of a coach Huggins is this season with such a young and new team.
His new extension puts him with the names of the best active coaches at the most prestigious programs. He is also only 1 of 20 coaches to win 700 games. These statistics show he is one of the greatest coaches of all time and West Virginia has no plans of letting him go anytime soon.
The Mountaineers and Huggins will look to continue their success in the upcoming years as Huggins looks for his first ever national championship.