|Alma Mater:||Bowling Green State University|
Michael Huger joined the University of Miami men's basketball program in April of 2011.
Huger enters his fourth season at the University of Miami and his eighth season as an assistant coach for head coach Jim Larranaga, assisting in all aspects of the program. He brings nine seasons of collegiate coaching experience and nearly a dozen years of professional basketball experience to The U.
With the assistance of Huger, the 2013-14 Canes finished the season ranked No. 11 in scoring defense (59.6 ppg) and No. 39 in field goal defense (40.7%). Those averages placed the Hurricanes in the top three of both categories in the ACC. Miami was able to overcome returning no starters from the previous season and returning just 13 percent of the team’s scoring and 15 percent of the team’s rebounding, winning five of the last eight games to post a 17-16 (7-11 ACC) record—Miami’s seventh-straight winning season. The Canes had a knack for drama, playing in five overtime games while 13 were decided by five points or less. Miami graduated five seniors for the second-straight campaign.
In Huger’s second year at The U, the Canes played in the Sweet 16 after earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Miami was the ACC regular season and tournament champion, earned a No. 2 ranking in both national polls and won a school-record 29 games, including 15 conference victories. He helped lead Miami to four 20+ point wins over ACC opponents, including a 27-point rout of No. 1 Duke and victories against North Carolina (+26), Florida State (+24) and Boston College (+22).
Under Huger, the team’s defensive coordinator, the Canes were nationally ranked No. 39 in scoring defense (60.6) and No. 48 in field goal percentage defense (40.0).
He helped Durand Scott earn the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and saw three players – Scott, Shane Larkin and Julian Gamble – named to the All-ACC defensive team. Four players were ranked nationally in defensive categories, as Larkin was No. 49 and Scott was No. 182 in steals per game while Gamble and Kadji secured spots on the blocked shots list at Nos. 82 and 168, respectively.
As a former point guard, Huger also worked individually with All-American Larkin, who was the ACC and Lute Olson National Player of the Year, ACC tournament MVP, and was a finalist for the Bob Cousy, Naismith and John R. Wooden awards. Larkin left UM after his sophomore season to enter the 2013 NBA Draft.
All six seniors on the Sweet 16 team earned academic degrees from the University of Miami and one player was listed on the All-ACC Academic Team.
In his first season with the Canes, Huger aided Miami in winning nine conference games, en route to finishing tied for fourth place in the ACC. It was the first time the team posted a winning record in the ACC since the program's first season in the league in 2004-05, and it was the highest the team has ever finished in the final standings. After nearly earning an at-large nod to The Big Dance, the Canes settled for an NIT appearance, after going 1-1 in the ACC Tournament. Miami beat Valparaiso in the first round, but would come up short against Minnesota, the eventual NIT Championship runner-up.
One of Miami's finest moments of the season came on Feb. 5 2012, when the Canes defeated the No. 7/5 Blue Devils for the first time ever at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Reggie Johnson would lift UM past Duke with 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Canes fought their way to an overtime victory that would earn them votes in the AP Poll for the first time since 2010. Three weeks later the Hurricanes recorded another win against a ranked opponent when they bested No. 15/16 FSU for the first time since 2009, in front of an electric home crowd in the BankUnited Center.
Three Miami players were recognized by the league for their season performances: Kenny Kadji made the All-ACC Third Team, Durand Scott was named an honorable mention performer and Shane Larkin was picked to be on the ACC All-Freshman Team.
In four seasons at George Mason, Huger helped lead the Patriots to the postseason every year -including NCAA berths in 2008 and 2011. In 2011, the team defeated Villanova to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, earned a regular-season CAA title and posted a school-record tying 27 wins. In 2009, he helped Mason to an NIT bid and its second-straight 20-win season, and in 2008, Huger helped the Patriots to their second-highest win total in school history as they beat nationally-ranked Kansas State and won the CAA title for the first time since 2001.
Huger began his coaching career at Longwood University (Va.) under Mike Gillian, a former Mason assistant coach under Larranaga, where he spent two seasons.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Huger played professional basketball in Europe, spending time in Finland (1992-94), two years in Holland (1994-96) and nine in Belgium (1996-2005). He was selected Dutch League MVP in 1996 after averaging 25.3 points and 5.8 assists, and went on to earn First Team All-Belgium honors in 2000 and 2004 after leading his clubs to Belgium Cup championships in both seasons.
A native of New York City, Huger is a 1994 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in education. There he played for Larranaga from 1989-93, helping the Falcons to a pair of NIT appearances. He earned Mid-American Conference honors in his final two seasons, and was a Naismith Award nominee and the runner-up for conference player of the year as a senior. As a prep player, he helped lead Stevenson High School (Bronx) to back-to-back PSAL City Championships in 1988 and 1989. He played AAU ball for the famous Riverside Church Hawks.
Huger and his wife, Tonya, have one son, Michael Anthony II, born in November 2011.