West Virginia University Institute of Technology's Department of Physical Education hosted an athletics coaching education and sports management panel on Wednesday. It featured two well-known West Virginia University alumni: Attorney James "Rocky" Gianola and Men's Basketball Coach Bob Huggins. The panel discussion focused on sport law, athletic contracts and labor issues, legal issues facing athletic associations and conferences, collegiate coaching and careers in athletics.
Gianola earned his bachelor's degree in business administration/accounting from WVU in 1978. He graduated from the WVU College of Law in 1982. He is also an adjunct instructor of sport law at WVU. He was a two-time letterman at WVU during his football career from 1974-78. Gianola is now the managing director of Gianola, Barnum, Wigal & London, L.C., a law firm in Morgantown, with offices in Charleston and Kingwood.
Huggins has been the head men's basketball coach at WVU since 2007. He's led the Mountaineers to 133 victories, the 2010 NCAA Final Four, the 2010 Big East Championship and five NCAA tournament appearances during his first six seasons in Morgantown. Before coaching at WVU, Huggins was at Kansas State and the University of Cincinnati. A West Virginia native, Huggins was a two-time Academic All-American and graduated from WVU, magna cum laude, in 1977.
Huggins talked about why he got into coaching and the benefits he reaps from sharing his experience with others. "I think when you're able to look back and see the impact that you have been able to make in somebody's life in whatever avocation that you participate in, I think that's extremely rewarding" said Huggins.