Since his coaching debut in 1984, Bob Huggins has led many teams to many titles. Huggins is top ten in both games coached and wins in college basketball history, and has won numerous awards for his work as a head coach. The one thing that leaves his Hall of Fame bid up for debate is his post season success.
Huggins’ early career
After finishing his playing career at West Virginia and in the NBA, Bob Huggins’ coaching career started in1984 with the University of Akron. Huggins would take Akron from 12-14 in his first season to 22-8 in his second.
The Zips also picked up both the regular-season conference and conference tournament titles. Akron was then granted an NCAA tournament bid in Huggins’s second season.
After a 97-46 career with Akron, Huggins would move on to coach Cincinnati in 1989.
Bob Huggins inherited a Cincinnati program that had been struggling and led them back to prominence. In the five seasons before Huggins’ arrival, Cincinnati had not come close to an NCAA tournament berth in nearly 15 years.
Huggins would swiftly change this and restore the program.