West Virginia Announces Extension for Bob Huggins

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West Virginia Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced a four-year contract extension to 2021-22 for head coach Bob Huggins, extending his contract until 2027.

“This is a great day for our department. I want Bob Huggins leading our basketball program for many years to come,” said Lyons on Monday. “Bob is a future Hall of Famer, who cares about his players and this University. His teams have been highly successful on the court and in the classroom. In finalizing this contract extension, I wanted the eighth all-time and third-winningest active Division I coach on our sideline leading his alma mater.”

Under the agreement, following the 2021-22 season, Huggins will assume a five-year Emeritus status within the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, which concludes June 30, 2027. He will be involved in public relations and development activities in addition to other duties assigned at that time by the Director of Athletics. Huggins could defer his term of Emeritus status and continue to serve as head coach beyond 2021-22 with a mutual agreement between Huggins and the Director.

Huggins, who is in his 11th season as head coach of the Mountaineers, will be paid an annual salary of $3,750,000 this season. Huggins’ contract calls for yearly increases in annual compensation — $100,000 each year — $3,850,000 in 2018-19, $3,950,000 in 2019-20, $4,050,000 in 2020-21 and $4,150,000 in 2021-22.

With 819 career wins through 35 seasons as head coach, Huggins is the third-winningest active coach and eighth all-time. He has won 229 with West Virginia, including a 2010 Final Four appearance and eight NCAA tournaments, during his 10 seasons with the Mountaineers.

“I want to thank President Gee, Shane Lyons and our administration for their support and commitment to Mountaineer Basketball,” Huggins said. “I am very lucky to be able to coach in the state and at the University that I love so much. I also want to also thank my family, friends and our fans for all their love and support. We will continue to work hard every day so that we can make this great state proud of its basketball team.”

Huggins spoke last month at Big-12 Media Day about the new rule changes in the conference.

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