Bob Huggins
Bob Huggins
Player Profile
Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
West Virginia '77

Bob Huggins has established himself as one of the nation's premier major basketball coaches. His 567-199 record (.740) amassed during his 24 seasons as a head coach ranks him eighth in winning percentage and 11th in victories among active Division I mentors. His string of 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the third-longest active streak. His teams have won 20 or more games in all but four of his 24 campaigns and he has averaged 23.5 victories a season, 26.0 wins per campaign over the past nine years. Huggins, 51, has compiled a 399-127 record (.759) in his 16 years at Cincinnati, making him the winningest coach in terms of victories and percentage in the school's rich basketball history. Huggins has directed Cincinnati to 10 conference regular season titles and eight league tournament titles. The Bearcats have been to postseason play in each of Huggins' 16 seasons at UC, advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament three times and in 1991-92, appearing in the Final Four. Huggins earned the Ray Meyer Award as the Conference USA Coach of the Year a record three times (1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-00), and was a unanimous choice for C-USA Coach of the Decade. He was selected national coach of the year by ESPN.com in 2001-02. He was named co-national coach of the year by The Sporting News last season and was Basketball Times' national coach of the year in 1997-98. He earned national coach of the year recognition from Hoop Scoop in 1991-92 and Playboy in 1992-93. Huggins is truly a proven success as a program-builder, recruiter, game strategist and inspirational leader, and he has demonstrated this in a number of varying situations during his tenure at Cincinnati. He has also directed star-studded teams, while developing the individual talents of players such as consensus All-Americans Danny Fortson, Kenyon Martin and Steve Logan, to a succession of conference championships and NCAA tournament runs. Huggins has achieved similar success on the recruiting trails. He has attracted three No. 1-rated junior college players and five McDonald's All-Americans to the Cincinnati campus, while six of his last nine recruiting classes have been ranked among the nation's top ten. Inheriting a team short on numbers upon his arrival at Cincinnati, Huggins inspired and drove that 1989-90 squad to a postseason tournament berth. Two seasons later, he assimilated the talents of four junior college transfers and a smattering of seasoned veterans into a cohesive unit which he directed to successive finishes in the Final Four and Elite Eight. Over the ensuing seasons, he developed young and inexperienced teams with as many as three freshmen starters into squads which captured two more league titles and made another pair of NCAA appearances. Huggins surprised even the most astute college basketball followers in 1997-98 by directing a team which had only one returning starter to a 27-6 record, conference regular season and tournament titles, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and a Top 10 finish in the polls. Huggins' 2001-02 team, unranked when the season began, posted a 31-4 record, setting a UC mark for victories, made a clean sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. In 2002-03, Huggins suffered a major heart attack on the last Saturday of September but was present for the team's first practice two weeks later and coached the Bearcats with the same intensity that has become his trademark. The 2003-04 season was business as usual for Huggins, who piloted UC to C-USA regular season and tournament titles and an NCAA tourney berth while amassing a 25-7 record. The 2004-05 Bearcats posted a 25-8 ledger, the ninth season in the past ten years that UC has won 25 or more games. Huggins was only 27 when he became a collegiate head coach, accepting the position at Walsh College in 1980. He compiled a 71-26 record in three seasons at Walsh, twice earning NAIA District 22 Coach of the Year honors. Huggins directed the 1982-83 team to a perfect 30-0 regular season mark and an eventual 34-1 mark. After serving as an assistant at Central Florida for the 1983-84 season, Huggins was named head coach at Akron where he compiled a 97-46 record and reached postseason play in three of his five seasons there. Huggins launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant on Joedy Gardner's staff at West Virginia in 1977-78. He then spent two years as an assistant to Eldon Miller at Ohio State.