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Bob Huggins

When Bob Huggins took the University of Cincinnati to the NCAA Final Four in 1992, it surprised a lot of basketball fans. It's not likely many of them lived in Akron. Before he moved on to Cincinnati in 1989, Huggins turned around a struggling University of Akron basketball program, leading the Zips to four consecutive 20-victory seasons, their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division 1 tournament and two appearances in the NIT. The team had won only eight games the season before Huggins took over. Overall, he won 97 games and lost 46 in five seasons at UA, twice earning Ohio Valley Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors. At Cincinnati, Huggins performed a similar turn around act after inheriting another losing program. The Bearcats had won NCAA titles in 1961 and '62, but hadn't been back to the Final Four since then. In his 'first two seasons, he took the team to the NIT. In 1991-92, the Bearcats were 29-4 before losing to Michigan in the NCAA semifinals. Huggins, previously coached at Walsh College, where his three teams won 71 games and lost 26. His 1982-83 club finished the regular season 30-0 and advanced to the NAIA tournament in Kansas City before losing. He also served as an assistant at Ohio State and West Virginia, his alma mater. Huggins was an outstanding student for the Mountaineers, twice being named to Academic All-American team.

Inducted 1992 | Coach