West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins was the keynote speaker on May 23rd for the Shale Crescent USA event. The function took place at the Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg and served as an effort to encourage local development based on the area’s natural gas resources. In total, around 500 area business leaders and residents attended the program which intended on bringing in some high-energy intensive manufacturing industries to the central Ohio Valley. These industries are hoping to spread to this part of the country due to business growth, and Huggins spoke about how his life changed for the better when someone taught him about changing strategies and directions. The main message he wanted to leave his audience with was that they can’t fear change, and that hard work gives everyone a better chance to succeed.
The Morgantown, West Virginia native spent some time growing up in the state of Ohio and even attended Ohio University for a while before returning to his birth state. He ended up playing basketball for West Virginia, but after not getting too far with the NBA he decided to take the coaching route and work as a graduate assistant at his university in 1977. The two-time NCAA Regional Championship coach worked for many educational establishments over the years including Ohio State, Walsh, Central Florida, Akron, Cincinnati, and Kansas State. Currently, he is once again the coach for the West Virginia men’s team.
Huggins recently traveled to Parkersburg to be the speaker for the Shale Crescent USA event that happened earlier this month on May 23. He offered a lot of solid advice and motivating words, so no one in the audience left disappointed.
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