Robert Edward Huggins, often known as “Huggy Bears,” is the current head coach of the Virginia Mountaineers men’s basketball team. After years of coaching experience with teams like Walsh College, the University of Akron, Cincinnati, and Kansas State University, he became one of 10 coaches with over 800 career victories. Mike Krzyzewski has the most with 1157.
Early Life-Age, Height, And Family
Robert Edward Huggins was born on September 21, 1953, to Charles Hudgens and Noam Hudgens. Huggins has four siblings-two brothers Harry Huggins and Larry Huggins and two sisters Debbie Huggins Bradford and Karen Huggins.
Edwards graduated from Indian Valley South High School and went on to attend West Virginia University.
As of September 2021, he is 67-year-old and stands 5 Feet 7 Inches tall.
Who Is The Wife Of Robert Huggins?
The Virginia Mountaineers coach is married to June Huggins. As per the sources, he married his wife after graduating from his alma mater, West Virginia, in 1977.
The pair lives a very private life and rarely makes public appearances. They are leading a blissful conjugal life for nearly 45 years. The happy duo has two daughters, Jenna Leigh Huggins and Jacqueline Huggins.
How Much Is His Net Worth?
The American coach has a networth of 12 million dollars, adding his monthly salary of $3 million. His primary source of income is his career as a basketball coach.
Through his various sources of income, Huggins has been able to accumulate a good fortune but prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.
Huggins’ love for basketball inspired him to become a coach, and he began as a graduate assistant under Gardner at West Virginia in 1977. Likewise, he subsequently worked as an assistant to Eldon Miller at Ohio State University for two years. Bob began working as a head coach at the age of 27.
Later, in 1980, he took on the role of head coach at Walsh University. Huggins has a 71-26 record in three seasons at Walsh and was named NAIA District 22 Coach of the Year. Bob led the Walsh team to a perfect 30-0 regular-season record and an eventual 34-1 record in 1982-1983.
Eventually, after working as an assistant at the University of Akron, Huggins accepted the role of head coach at the University of Central Florida for the 1983–84 season. Bob has a 97-46 record and made the postseason in three of his five seasons at the University of Akron. Among his victories was an NCAA berth for the 1985-1986 season.
Additionally, the University of Cincinnati which has been to five consecutive Final Fours from 1959 to 1963, including a pair of national championships in 1961 and 1962 had faced few setbacks until Huggins joined the team. He became the most sucessful coach of the school’s history by leading the team to won ten conference regular-season titles and eight league tournament titles.
Similarly, Huggins led the Bearcats to the Final Four in his third season, the first of 14 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances after being demoted to the NIT his first two years. In total, the coach amassed a 399–127 record in 16 years at Cincinnati.
Later, his career at Cincinnati ended after he was arrested for DUI in 2004. After the pressure from the school president and board members, he accepted the $3 million buyouts.
After taking a short break, in 2006 he joined Kansas State. And only after a year, in 2007, Huggins joined the team of West Virginia.
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