West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins lost one of his biggest supporters on Tuesday when his father, Charlie, passed away at the age of 87.
While Bob Huggins carved out a name for himself in college basketball, becoming the rare coach with 900 career wins and at least 300 wins at two different schools, Charlie Huggins was a well-regarded basketball at high schools in Ohio, per a release from West Virginia athletics.
Like his son, Charlie Huggins was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, played basketball at West Virginia (before transferring to Alderson-Broaddus, then an NAIA school), and then earned a master’s degree at WVU.
Charlie Huggins was able to coach all three of his sons in high school, leading teams to state championships in 1967, 1972, and 1976 and Ohio’s Class A level. He earned great notoriety at Indian Valley South High School, where he coached all three of his sons, and Bob led them to a 26-0 record and a state title in 1972.
As a high school coach at Stone Creek, Strasburg, Conotton Valley, Indian Valley South and Berlin Hiland, Charlie Huggins won 398 games and was an eight-time district coach of the year.
Charlie Huggins is a member of the Alderson-Broaddus Hall of Fame, the Morgantown High Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Charlie Huggins was preceded in death by his wife, Norma. Bob Huggins is the founder of the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment Fund, which supports cancer research at WVU Cancer Institute. In fact, Huggins makes a donation to the fund every time the Mountaineers beat Kansas, a clause that is written into his contract with WVU.
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