The reshuffling of West Virginia’s basketball coaching staff • The Voice of Motown

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Morgantown, West Virginia – Over the past two days, vague reports have surfaced on social media from sources of questionable reputation regarding possible changes to the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball coaching staff.

These changes were labeled as “imminent”, “inevitable”, but the details were extremely hazy. Whether these rumors are true or entirely fabricated remains unknown, but the bottom line is that these changes were necessary to years.

Bob Huggins’ current coaching staff is aging and desperately needs an injection of youth and a breath of fresh air. While Larry Harrison (66), Ron Everhart (59) and Erik Martin (49) are experienced and reliable assistant coaches who have a long history with Huggins, student athletes often relate and respond to coaches closer to their age.

Plus, it would be much easier for a young coach to build relationships with high school players and recruit them to West Virginia. It becomes increasingly difficult for Huggins to convince a student to come to Morgantown to play for the Mountaineers. Huggins’ hard and tough coaching style isn’t exactly a selling point for an 18-year-old basketball player anymore.

Huggins needs a young coach who can relate to today’s players. While there are plenty of outstanding young coaches in the country, none would be a better fit for the Mountaineers than former West Virginia guard Joe Mazzulla.

Mazzulla, the former Fairmont State head coach and current Boston Celtics assistant, is just what the West Virginia basketball program needs. During his two seasons at Fairmont State, Mazzulla led the Falcons to a 43-17 overall record and earned a berth off to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

An ideal situation for the basketball program would be to hire Mazzulla in the offseason with the idea that he would eventually take over as head coach when Bob Huggins decides to retire. No promises should be made to Mazzulla and he shouldn’t be given a ‘coach-in-waiting’ label, but one could certainly suggest that he joins the staff with the idea that he will eventually replace Huggins.

Mazzulla is passionate, he’s young (31), energetic, smart (named to the Big East Academic All Star team three years in a row) and, most importantly, he loves the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Bob Huggins is going to have to make some major changes and hiring a passionate and smart young assistant coach like Mazzulla is the big move that could completely turn the basketball program upside down immediately.

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