MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- The town of Montgomery made quite a first impression on WVU men's basketball coach Bob Huggins on Wednesday.
Huggins was in town on the campus of WVU Tech, joining fellow West Virginia alum and attorney James "Rocky" Gianola for a symposium covering sports management, sports law, coaching and a variety of other topics.
The two spoke for just under an hour and a half to a mostly full and attentive engineering auditorium.
Just as the panel was set to begin at noon, a blaring test of the emergency system went off for several minutes and a screaming train went by the building.
Still, Huggins was happy with his first visit to the campus.
"A siren, a train went by - it was good," Huggins said. "We actually went down to Smithers even. I've flown over it before but I haven't been here. It was terrific, to have that many students come in, it was great."
Huggins seemed comfortable and right at home in the new setting, sharing a few entertaining stories from his coaching and playing career and trying to shed some light on his profession for the aspiring coaches in the room.
Between the laughs he got from his tales and the friendly barbs between Huggins and Gianola, the Mountaineer coach delivered some encouragement and advice.
"I'm afraid sometimes we lose passion about what we do and the opportunities that we have," Huggins said when asked what he most wanted to get across. "Very little gets accomplished without enthusiasm and having some passion for what you do. This is still the greatest country in the world and there's so many opportunities for people to do and be what it is they want to do and be. I think sometimes we lose track of that."