Bob Huggins Named Top 25 Coach of All Time

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — MSN recently (3/3/24) put out a list of the “25 Greatest Men’s College Basketball Coaches of All-Time” and a very familiar name to West Virginia fans was ranked on the list.

Bob Huggins. Huggins, who coached the Mountaineers from 2007-2023, was arrested for DUI and forced to resign from West Virginia University this past summer. However, he left his mark as one of the finest college head coach ever.

Huggins, 70, was ranked as the 24th best head coach in college basketball history by MSN. According to the article, “Huggy Bear has long been a fixture in the game of basketball. Huggins began his coaching career in 1977. His long tenure at Cincinnati put him on the map. He took a mid-major program and turned it into a very strong entity for years. Then moving to Kansas State and eventually his alma mater West Virginia, Huggins’ teams all had similar characteristics: Toughness, defensive brilliance, and physicality.

In total, Huggins enjoyed a tremendous career. Huggins has accumulated 935 victories — ranking among the top 10 all-time in career wins. Had he won a title or had a few more Final Four appearances, Huggins would rank higher on this list.”

The rest of the Top 25 list

25. Jerry Tarkanian

24. Bob Huggins

23. Jay Wright

22. John Calipari

21. Rollie Massimino

20. Rick Pitino

19. Denny Crum

18. Billy Donovan

17. John Thompson

16. Lefty Driesell

15. Jim Phelan

14. Eddie Sutton

13. Phog Allen

12. Lute Olsen

11. Henry Iba

10. Tom Izzo

9. Jim Calhoun

8. Bill Self

7. Jim Boeheim

6. Roy Williams

5. Dean Smith

4. Adolph Rupp

3. Bobby Knight

2. Mike Krzyzewski

1. John Wooden