West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins will be making his annual visit to the Coalton Days celebration on Saturday.
The Mountaineer mentor always takes time out of his busy schedule to visit Randolph County for the event.
It will be the third straight year that he's made an appearance at the celebration, where he's always a popular target for scores of WVU?fans. The fan-friendly coach never disappoints as continously mingles and takes photos with those in attendance.
The same is true for West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey, who will also be at the event for a third consecutive year.
"It's always exciting to have coach Huggins and Carey come to Coalton for the celebration," said Mike Ross, who helps organize the event. "I expect to see a lot of West Virginia fans come to Coalton Days to see coach Huggins and coach Carey. The coaches like visiting with the fans as much as the fans like seeing them."
New athletic director Oliver Luck, WVU?assistant coaches Billy Hahn and Erik Martin, and radio personality Jay Jacobs have been invited to the event. Ross is not sure if they will be able to attend because of other commitments.
Huggins just completed his third season as coach of his alma mater. It was his best season to date as he led the Mountaineers to the NCAA Final Four. WVU?has made the NCAA tournament in all of his three years at the school.
Huggins, who graduated from West Virginia magna cum laude in 1977, has 670 career victories as a collegiate head coach.
Carey just finished his ninth season as coach where the Lady Mountaineers finished 29-6 and made the NCAA tournament.
Carey has led West Virginia to four NCAA?appearances and two WNIT?berths.
The Lady Mountaineers have had just one losing season under Carey and have posted 20 wins or more five times.
Carey, a 1980 graduate of Salem University, is a native of Clarksburgh.