To be elgiable for this list, we decided the athelete had to be from here (either born or spent formative childhood years here). Attending WVU or Marshall was not enough.
Jerry West – Basketball
Born in Chelyan (just south of Charleston), West so defines basketball that he’s actually the guy in the NBA logo.
Randy Barnes – Athletics
This Charleston-born shot putter won silver at the 1988 Olympics and gold in Atlanta in ’96.
Mary Lou Retton – Gymnastics
This Fairmont native captured the hearts of many by becoming the first American to win Olympic gold in the women’s all-around competition.
Hal Greer – Basketball
This NBA All Star and Hall of Famer was born in Huntington and was one of the first African Americans to play for a major West Virginia college team. He went to Marshall in the 50’s.
Alex Wilson – Baseball
This graduate of Hurricane High School now plays for the Detroit Tigers.
Brian Bowles – MMA
The former WEC Bantamweight Champion was raised in Virginia but was born in Charleston.
Jason Williams – Basketball
Fun fact: This NBA star, whom the Miami Heat named as one of their greatest players of all time, was the state basketball player of the year in 1994.
Randy Moss – Football
Moss of course grew up with Williams in the Kanawha Valley. He still holds the NFL’s record for most touchdown receptions in a single season: 23 in 2007.
Sam Huff – Football
This NFL Hall of Famer was born in Farmington, Marion County, in 1934.
Lew Burdette – Baseball
Burdette, a pitcher, was named MVP of the 1957 World Series as a Milwaukee Brave. He was born in Nitro.
Hot Rod Hundley – Basketball
Hundley, born in Charleston in 1934, is one of only two players to have their numbers retired by WVU. The other is Jerry West.
Deron Williams – Basketball
This Parkersburg native now plays for the Dallas Mavericks.
Mark Canterbury – Professional Wrestling
You might remember him as WCW’s Shanghai Pierce or WWF’s Henry O. Godwinn. He was born in West Virginia though billed as being from Arkansas.
Cam Henderson – Football and Basketball
Born in Marion County, Henderson would coach both Football and Basketball at Marshall from the 30’s to the 50’s. He’s credited with helping develop both the 2–3 zone defense and the fast break in basketball.
Rod Thorn – Basketball
So desperate was the state to get this basket phenom and Princeton native to play at WVU, the legislature took the unprecedented step of declaring him a natural resource.
Nick Saban – Football
Alabama’s head coach was born in Fairmont and grew up in nearby Monongah.
David Carpenter – Baseball
This Fairmont native has played for the Yankees, the Nationals, and the Blue Jays among other MLB teams.
Rick Tolley – Football
Tolley was the head coach at Marshall when the team’s plane tragically crashed in 1970. He was born in Mullen,s Wyoming County only 30 years prior.
Lou Holtz – Football
This legendary college football coach was born in Follansbee in 1937. He remains the only person to take six different programs to bowl games.
Bill Mazeroski – Baseball
This lifetime Pittsburgh Pirate was born in Wheeling. He was a great defensive player but is perhaps best known for this:
Chuck Howley – Football
Another Wheeling native, this former Cowboy linebacker has a unique distinction. He’s the only person to be named a Super Bowl MVP from the losing team (Super Bowl V in 1971).
Nick Swisher – Baseball
This MLB All Star was born in Ohio but raised in Parkersburg.
Bill Stewart – Football
This former Mountaineers head coach was born in Grafton. He passed away in 2012.
O.J. Mayo – Basketball
Before he was a Milwaukee Buck, he was another kid at Huntington High School.
Ben Schwartzwalder – Football
This Point Pleasant native coached at Syracuse from 1949 to 1973, compiling a 178–96–3 record there. He died in 1993.
Mike D’Antoni – Basketball
This former Knicks head coach was also born in Mullens, Wyoming County.
Dan D’Antoni – Basketball
The elder brother to Mike D’Antoni has been the head coach of the Thundering Herd since 2014.
Kevin Pittsnogle – Basketball
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This former WVU star is from Martinsburg and retired there after a brief stint in professional basketball.
Jimbo Fisher – Football
Florida State’s head coach was born and raised in Harrison County.
Frank Gatski – Football
This football Hall of Famer won eight championships with the Browns and the Lions from 1946 to 1957. He was born in Farmington.
Bob Huggins – Basketball
The current head coach of the WVU Mountaineers didn’t just graduate from WVU, he was actually born in Morgantown in 1953.