West Virginia Basketball: Huggins Named National Coach of the Year


West Virginia head basketball coach Bob Huggins was named the 2015 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award. It was announced on April 3 in Indianapolis.

Mar 26, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins during the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats in the semifinals of the midwest regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

This season Huggins led the Mountaineers to a 25-10 overall recored. West Virginia returned to the NCAA tournament this past season and made it to the Sweet 16 before falling to Kentucky in that round.

Huggins who ranks 12th all-time in DI win, has been coaching for over 30 plus seasons and has been leading West Virginia since 2007. This is the sixth time Huggins has earned this honor.

Other coaches who have won the award include (according to a release):

2015: Bob Huggins, West Virginia

2014 – Tim Miles, Nebraska
2013 – Dana Altman, Oregon
2012 -Mike Brey, Notre Dame
2011 – Stew Morrill, Utah State
2010 – Jamie Dixon, Pitt
2009 – John Calipari, Memphis
2008 – Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
2007 – Tony Bennett, Washington
2006 – Ben Howland, UCLA
2005 – Tubby Smith, Kentucky
2004 – Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s
2003 – Mark Slonaker, Mercer

Info courtesy of WVUsports