Bob Huggins’ Hall of Fame coaching career took off at Walsh

Head coach Jeff Young has told the story to all of the Walsh University men’s basketball recruits.

From now on, they will know that a Hall of Fame coaching career began on the North Canton campus.

Former Cavaliers head coach Bob Huggins will be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, this fall. The majority of Huggins’ 916 career wins have come at the NCAA Division I level with Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State and West Virginia.

However, Huggins’ roots as a head coach were planted in Walsh in the early 1980s. He turned a struggling program into a national NAIA powerhouse.

“Before Bob came to Walsh, no one knew about Walsh’s basketball,” Young said. “As far as winning, it just wasn’t happening.”

Huggins went 71-26 in three seasons at Walsh. The Cavs had four winning seasons in 18 years before his arrival in 1980. His second Walsh team won a conference championship for the first time. His third team went 30-0 during the regular season and made the NAIA Tournament.

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