MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has been named one of 10 national semifinalists for the 2017 Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year.
Huggins has led the Mountaineers to 23 wins so far in 2016-17 and a national ranking of No. 10 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls. Earlier this season, Huggins became the 10th NCAA Division I coach to win 800 games. With wins over No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Kansas, WVU became the first team since Indiana in 2011-12 to defeat an AP No. 1 and No. 2 in the same season.
The other national semifinalists are Chris Collins (Northwestern), Scott Drew (Baylor), Mark Few (Gonzaga), Tim Jankovich (SMU), Sean Miller (Arizona), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Bill Self (Kansas), Mike White (Florida) and Jay Wright (Villanova).
The four finalists will be announced on March 16.
Press Release Credit: WVU Athletics, Bryan Messerly
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS