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Bob Huggins Shares Father's Day Memories

MORGANTOWN - Maybe it was a game of catch in the backyard, or a Saturday morning on a youth soccer field under his watchful eye. So many children grow up with memories that involve their father and sports.

Bob Huggins is no different.

West Virginia University’s head men’s basketball coach, entering his eighth season back at his alma mater, sat down with’s Seth Davis to reflect on his own memories with his father, Charlie.

It seems like every day is Father’s Day for Huggins, who will bring up the lessons he learned from his dad, who was a legendary high school coach in Ohio, once guiding a 51-game winning streak in his day.

Huggins himself starred on one of his father’s two state championship squads in 1972, pushing the Indian Valley South team through an undefeated season in 1972. His father has been his inspiration in his own coaching endeavors, even if he never would have known it while he was the one getting coached by Charlie all those years ago.

“He was very, very demanding, but you know, you learn so much,” Huggins told “It’s kind of like everything else, I think, the older you get, the smarter he was and certainly the respect that you have for what he taught you, the things he taught you.”

Huggins’ former high school teammates would attest to how tough Charlie was and particularly when it came to coaching his own son. Whether the lessons came in a high school gym or back home, the focus Charlie put on Bob resulted in a three-year all-Ohio selection and the 1972 Ohio Player of the Year.

The younger Huggins went on to attend Ohio University and ultimately transferred to West Virginia where he was twice named an Academic All-American. The success was there, but did Charlie ever extend a compliment to his son?

“I never got one. I didn’t get one,” Huggins said. “I was the all-time leading scorer at two different high schools and I never got one. There’s not a lot of people that can say that, by the way, and I never got one.”

And yet all these years later, Charlie gets the credit. He was responsible for molding both the player and the coach that Huggins ultimately became, not to mention the person he is today. 

“I’ve been doing this for 30-some years and I find myself saying some of the same things that he said. You get it about two-thirds of the way out and you’re like, ‘Man, I never wanted to say that,’” Huggins said. “But it’s the right thing to say. He was a terrific coach.”

Take a look at the entire interview with Huggins in the video at the top of the page and share your own sports memories with your father this Father's Day by tweeting with the hashtag #SportsDad. 

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