Gilmer County head boys hoops coach Steve Shuff is anxious for the chance to guide the West Virginia all-stars during Saturday night's 10th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Basketball Classic inside Parkersburg South's Rod Oldham Athletic Center.
Shuff's Titans from Glenville came within one victory of reaching the Class A state tournament this season, having suffered a 55-43 setback to Wheeling Central in a regional contest.
When he got word from BACF game director Bill Camp he was going to be the head coach, Shuff was excited about the opportunity and also for the chance to coach a pair of his Titan hoopsters - Terrell Hill and Joel Roberts - one more time.
"There is very little coaching to be done," admitted Shuff, a former Midland Trail High School basketball standout. "I'm just anxious to turn them loose and let them showcase what they got."
Shuff, who has now spent a dozen seasons at the helm of Gilmer County, is a 1995 graduate of Glenville State College where he earned his degree in business.
During his playing days for the Pioneers, Shuff was honored as an all-conference performer thrice in the West Virginia Conference. In his final campaign for the G-men, Shuff earned second team all-American accolades. He's still the sixth leading all-time men's scorer in Pioneer history. After completing his degree at GSC, Shuff went on to earn his masters in education leadership at Salem International. He has been the attendance director for the Braxton County school system for the past five years.
"I'm really looking forward to this," said Shuff, who will be assisted by Wood County Christian head coach Dan Ellis.
"I'm honored to be in it coaching, but most importantly it's for a great cause."