Bob Huggins

Bob Huggins was the head basketball coach at UC for 16 years, from the 1989-1990 season to the 2004-2005 season. Bob Huggins was an incredible recruiter, shaper of talent, and motivator for all of his teams. He recruited top JUCO players such as Nick Van Exel, an NBA point guard for 13 years, and high-school standouts such as Kenyon Martin and Steve Logan. He helped develop these raw talents into All-Americans while at UC, and he inspired his teams to make incredible runs in the NCAA tournament. After two years of rebuilding the once incredible UC Basketball program, Huggins, in his 3rd season as head coach at UC, led his team to a Final Four appearance. This was a start of a streak of consecutive NCAA tournament bids for the Bearcats under Huggins that would last for 14 years. Huggins' Bearcats dominated Conference USA during this time period, and he assembled a winning percentage of over .700 while at UC, an incredible feat. Unfortunately, after behavioral issues and a drunk driving arrest, Huggins was forced to resign, sending the Bearcats basketball program into a downwards spiral. After a year off, Huggins was able to get his life back together and began coaching again at Kansas State. One year after that, he returned to his alma mater to coach at West Virginia. He has assembled a total of 762 wins throughout his career, making him the 24th winningest college basketball coach of all time. Clearly Huggins was a great coach for the Bearcats and helped rebuild the program to championship contender status, so he will go down as one of the most important men in Bearcats history.

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