Bob Huggins earns career win 800

Bob Huggins embraces his players celebrating his 800th career victory. (CNN)

WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has joined elite company that only nine other men’s coaches before him have done.

With the No. 12 Mountaineers’ (9-1) 112-67 win over UMKC Saturday, Huggins, 63, joined the 800 win club (800-310).

Huggins is one of just three active D1 coaches to reach that milestone, joining Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.

A West Virginia native, Huggins played college basketball for the Mountaineers from 1975 to 197.

Huggins’ coaching career began in 1977 when he joined the WVU staff as a graduate assistant after being cut by the Philadelphia 76er’s. He then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State University.

In 1980, Huggins got his job as a head coach at Walsh College in North Canton, Ohio. Huggins spent three seasons with Walsh, going 71-26.

After leaving Walsh, Huggins remained in the Buckeye State taking the head coaching job at Akron. In five seasons with the Zips, Huggins had a 97-46 record. Huggins would leave Akron for another head coaching job in Ohio.

Most of Huggins’ 800 wins came in his 16 seasons at Cincinnati. Huggins led the Bearcats to a 399-127 record before being fired in 2005.

After his long tenure at Cincinnati, Huggins spent one year in Manhattan, Kansas with Kansas State and led the Wildcats to a 23-12 record.

In 2007 Huggins accepted what he called his “dream job” when he became the head coach of the Mountaineers. Since his return to Morgantown, Huggins has gone 210-111.

In his coaching career, Huggins has had just three losing seasons, two of which came in his first four years on the sidelines.

He has made appearances in 21 NCAA Tournaments, including trips to three Sweet 16s, two Elite 8s and two Final 4s.

Huggins will go for career win 801 Tuesday, Dec. 20 when the Mountaineers take on Radford in the WVU Coliseum.

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