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Coach Bob Huggins was honored in Charleston, WV earlier today for his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was officially enshrined back in September. Huggins becomes the third WVU alumni to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The first two inductees, Jerry West and Rod Thorn, presented Huggins with his enshrinement at the ceremony in September.
Huggins has won 926 career games spanning five coaching tenures at Walsh College, Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, and WVU. Huggins returned to his alma mater in 2007, taking the Mountaineers to their second Final Four in school history in 2010. He is the second in all-time coaching wins at WVU, with 336 wins.
The State Senate, currently in its seventh day of session, congratulated Huggins on his induction along with Governor Jim Justice and Baby Dog. “There was an impromptu coaching clinic in the Governor’s Reception room this morning,” Governor Justice tweeted. “Today I delivered a congratulatory proclamation to Coach Huggs for his HOF induction.” The Senate honored Huggins with the presentation of resolution SR 6. It’s the second time that Huggins has been celebrated by the folks at the State Capital. September 10th was declared “Bob Huggins Day” across the state.
On the Senate floor, Senator Mike Oliverio of Monongalia County offered some words of praise for Huggins. “Today we celebrate the coach and we honor the man…He’s mentored boys to men, created the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Endowment at the WVU Cancer Institute in memory of his late mother, and remembered the state’s coal miners. In times of crisis, he has been there to support those miners and their families.”