Bob Huggins Becomes 10th Men's College Basketball Coach to Reach 800 Wins

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 17, 2016

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Bob Huggins of the West Virginia Mountaineers in action against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at the WVU Coliseum on November 14, 2016 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins joined elite company Saturday when the Mountaineers dominated UMKC 112-67 for his 800th career victory.

Huggins is the 10th men's basketball coach to win at least 800 games.

Huggins' career as a head coach began in 1980 at Walsh College, but it wasn't until 1984 when he got his first crack at a Division I job with Akron. He was with the Zips for five seasons, leading the program to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1986.

Prior to Saturday's game, Huggins said the significance of his impending accomplishment hadn't hit him.

"I don't know if it's sunk in," he said, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "I really don't think about the past. I try to live in the present."

The AP noted that among coaches with at least 10 years of Division I experience Rollie Massimino joined the 800-win club Wednesday with Keiser in the NAIA. Meanwhile, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is just seven wins from the milestone.

Huggins' greatest success as a head coach came at the University of Cincinnati, where he spent 16 seasons from 1989-2005. He led the Bearcats to the Final Four in 1992 and made the NCAA tournament in each of his last 14 years with the program.

West Virginia hired Huggins prior to the 2007-08 season. He helped return the Mountaineers into national prominence with seven NCAA tournament appearances in his first nine seasons, including a trip to the Final Four in 2010 and Sweet Sixteen runs in 2008 and 2015.

At 63 years old, Huggins figures to have several years of high-quality coaching ahead of him. While it would likely take at least another decade, 1,000 wins isn't out of the question.

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