West Virginia elected to stay local and promote from within, hiring Bob Huggins’ longtime assistant, Josh Eilert, as interim head coach for the 2023-24 season.
The Mountaineers made the announcement on Saturday.
Eilert has spent the last 15 seasons on the Mountaineer basketball staff alongside Bob Huggins, including serving as an interim assistant coach during the 2016-17 season. He was named assistant men’s basketball coach in July 2022.
Eilert came to West Virginia in the 2007 season alongside Bob Huggins when the pair left Kansas State for Morgantown. He was a walk-on as a basketball player in 2002 at Kansas State, and after finishing out his basketball career, Huggins gave him the title of assistant coach in 2006-07.
West Virginia officials reportedly spoke with Eilert and a few other assistant coaches on Thursday night in hopes of furthering conversations with potential basketball coaching candidates.
Among the names mentioned outside of internal options, former West Virginia head coach John Beilein, UAB’s Andy Kennedy, Liberty’s Ritchie McKay, Tulane’s Ron Hunter, and Youngstown State’s Jerrod Calhoun were all mentioned to fill the position before deciding to elevate Eilert.
Eilert now takes over a roster in turmoil with three major players already in the transfer portal, with senior forward Tre Mitchell, junior guard Kerr Kriisa, and senior guard Joe Toussaint. While it is not out of the realm of possibility for these players to return and play for Eilert, the main focus will be to stabilize what’s left of the Mountaineers’ roster and focus on the upcoming season.