The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

February 16, 2012

Huggs takes to Twitter; WVU Tech swimming; MSU cheer clinic

Social media launch begins for 'Remember the Miners' contest

BECKLEY — Remember The Miners is excited to announce that its Honorary Chairman, WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins, has joined Twitter. His handle is @CoachHuggs.

“We’re excited to welcome our Honorary Chairman to Twitter,” said Jason Parsons, President of Remember The Miners. “Our organization flourished under a grassroots social media movement. Coach Huggins is already such a powerful influence in West Virginia and sports, and joining Twitter will help amplify his message even more.”

Coach Huggins begins his Twitter career during an exciting time: he is currently participating in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. In partnership with NCAA and ESPN, this charitable program will donate $100,000 to a winning coach towards his charity of choice. Coach Huggins is the WVU Men’s Basketball coach and is one of 48 coaches participating in this challenge.

The winner will be determined ultimately by fan participation. Polls have been open online since Jan. 18 for fans to cast their vote up to once a day. After the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be pitted against each other, with winners from each group advancing to semi-finals in week seven and finals in week eight. The winning coach will be announced March 9. All 48 coaches’ charities will receive at least $5,000 from Infiniti.

To vote for Coach Huggins and for more information, go to

WVU Tech to offer swimming

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The WVU Institute of Technology is adding men’s and women’s swimming to its athletic offerings.

The announcement Tuesday comes three months after the school ended its football program in a cost-cutting move.

The swim teams will begin competition next fall. The school will pursue membership in the Appalachian Swimming Conference. The 15-member league includes Wheeling Jesuit University.

Campus executive officer Carolyn Long says the hope is to bring 40 new student-athletes to the Montgomery campus.

The teams will train in the university’s recently renovated aquatic center. Aquatics director Kaymee Kelly will serve as head swimming coach.

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