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WVU’s Bob Huggins To Speak At Coaches Clinic

By Staff | Aug 25, 2010

The seventh annual Wheeling Jesuit University Basketball Coaches Clinic has again attracted a stellar lineup.

In fact, two Hall of Fame members and a potential third will be part of WJU’s annual one-day seminar, scheduled for Sept. 19.

Co-director Dr. Gregory Merrick is urging area boys and girls hoop coaches to attend and take notes from the likes of John Chaney (Temple University); C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers University); Bob Huggins (West Virginia University); and others.

The clinic begins at 7:30 a.m. Following registration, Merrick and WJU men’s Coach Danny Sancomb will offer opening remarks. Chaney, Stringer, and Sancomb are on the morning program.

Stringer owns 741 career victories. Chaney led Temple to 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and, on Dec. 20, 2004, became the fifth active coach and 19th all-time to appear on the sidelines for 1,000 games.

Stringer is regarded as one of the premier women’s hoop coaches of all time. She began her historic tenure in 1972 at Chaney State College and has since worked the sideline at both Iowa and her current post at Rutgers University.

Following a 40-minute break for lunch, Mike Rice takes the podium.

Recently named men’s coach at Rutgers, Rice previously coached at nearby Robert Morris University and has also maintained tenures at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, the University of Pittsburgh, Marquette University, and Niagara University.

Also participating will be Joe Mihalich, current hoops’ boss at Niagara, has guided the Purple Eagles to a pair of MAAC titles.

Previously, he was an assistant at LaSalle University and at Maryland’s DeMatha High.

Huggins, who led WVU to a Final Four berth this past season, owns 616 career wins during 25 years at WVU, Kansas State, Cincinnati, Akron, and Walsh. The Morgantown native has also served as assistant at Ohio State and Central Florida.

Area coaches can obtain a registration form or additional information regarding the clinic by contacting Merrick at 304-243-3490 or Sancomb at 304-243-2366.

Registration fee is $75 and will increase to $85 after Sept. 15.