West Virginia hires Drake’s Darian DeVries as basketball coach

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West Virginia has found its full-time replacement for Bob Huggins, hiring Darian DeVries as the program’s men’s basketball coach, athletic director Wren Baker announced Sunday. The deal is for five years, a program source confirmed. ESPN first reported the news.

DeVries coached Drake to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four seasons, including in this year’s tournament, where the Bulldogs lost to Washington State in the first round Thursday.

“I’m honored to lead this historic program which has an outstanding tradition and passionate fanbase. … My family and I are honored and thrilled to be a part of Mountaineer Nation. We have heard so many great things about West Virginia and its people, and we can’t wait to get there,” DeVries said in a statement.

West Virginia parted with interim coach Josh Eilert on March 13. Eilert took over for Huggins, who had coached the Mountaineers for 16 seasons before a resignation saga after Huggins was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Pittsburgh in June 2023.

That happened about a month after Huggins made anti-gay slurs in a live interview on a Cincinnati radio show. A resignation letter from Huggins was sent out from the school, but Huggins contended it was “a false statement” and that he should have kept his job.

Under Eilert, West Virginia went 9-23 during the 2023-24 season and lost to Cincinnati in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.

DeVries, 48, joined the Bulldogs in 2018 after serving as an assistant coach at Creighton from 2001 to 2018. He has a 150-55 record over six seasons at the helm of Drake’s program. In 2021 under DeVries, the Bulldogs earned their first NCAA Tournament victory in 50 years, beating Wichita State, 53-52, in a First Four game before falling to USC in the first round. Drake returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2023, losing to Miami in the first round.

DeVries coached Drake to three Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) championships (two tournament titles and one regular-season title) and won at least 20 games in each of his seasons with the program.

“Coach DeVries is a phenomenal basketball coach and an even better person and possesses all the qualities we desired in the next leader of our men’s basketball program,” Baker said in a statement. “His teams play hard and smart and are efficient on both ends of the floor. He has proven to be a strong recruiter and developer of players but even more importantly, a leader with integrity who develops character in the young men he coaches.

“I know that he and his wife, Ashley, and their children, Tucker and Tatum, will love and embrace West Virginians and West Virginians will love and embrace them. On behalf of the Mountaineer family, I want to welcome the DeVries family to Morgantown.”

DeVries’ son, Tucker DeVries, is a 6-foot-7 guard and two-time MVC Player of the Year who averaged 21.6 points per game as a junior this season.

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