By Hoy Murphy
West Virginians are connected to their state by family, business, heritage, quality of life, and even athletic affiliation. Those connections often become stronger when native Mountaineers have to leave their home state for various reasons. In many cases, those connections eventually draw them back, to visit or even to set up successful careers where they can stay close to home.
is a successful lawyer who left the state to build a career but found
he could be just as successful in West Virginia while being close to
became an international banker but returned for the recreational
opportunities and business potential he found in West Virginia.
left to travel the world, but found that home was where he really
wanted to be and that opportunities in new technology allowed him to be
created a career as a jazz musician in New Orleans, but after Hurricane
Katrina he found a way to bring his family to West Virginia to reclaim
a quality of life he remembered from his childhood.
was a native star basketball player and scholar at West Virginia
University, but his successful coaching career took him away for many
years. When the opportunity came to return to WVU, he took it, and
quickly became one of the most beloved basketball coaches in the