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The list of West Virginia University alumni includes notable alumni of West Virginia University.
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- Joe Alexander - basketball player for BC Krasnye Krylya Samara
- Terry Bowden - Yahoo Sports Analyst
- Tommy Bowden - Former Head Football Coach at Clemson University and Tulane University
- Marc Bulger - Former American football quarterback, played for the St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints and the Baltimore Ravens Quarterback
- Gale Catlett - winningest coach in WVU basketball history
- Mike Compton - Former NFL Guard for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and Jacksonville Jaguars
- Mike Gansey - Basketball player in NBA Development League
- Jedd Gyorko - Professional baseball player for the San Diego Padres
- Sue Haywood - Professional Mountain Bike Racer
- Major Harris - Quarterbacked for West Virginia in their 1988 undefeated season.
- Johannes "Joe" Herber - German international basketball player
- Chris Henry - Former NFL wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Jeff Hostetler - Former Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders & New York Giants Quarterback. "Hoss" was the starting QB in Super Bowl XXV, in which the Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills.
- Chuck Howley - WVU Five Sport Letterman, NFL Linebacker and Super Bowl MVP with Dallas Cowboys
- Sam Huff - NFL Linebacker, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
- Rodney Clark (Hot Rod) Hundley - First pick in the 1957 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals.
- James Jett - All-American sprinter and wide receiver for Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders.
- Adam "Pacman" Jones - Former cornerback for the Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys & Cincinnati Bengals
- Brian Jozwiak - Former lineman, Kansas City Chiefs.
- Ken Kendrick - owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball
- Owen Schmitt - Drafted by the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, Schmitt spent two years in Seattle and two with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is currently the starting Fullback for the Oakland Raiders.
- Steve Kline - Major League Baseball Pitcher
- Ellis Lankster - American football cornerback for the New York Jets of the National Football League
- Pat McAfee - NFL punter for the Indianapolis Colts.
- Adrian Murrell - Former running back for NY Jets.
- Dan Mozes - First Team All American Center, won the Rimington Trophy in his senior year
- Kevin Pittsnogle - Former WVU basketball star
- Bob Huggins - Former WVU basketball player. Current Head Basketball Coach of the WVU Men's Basketball Team. One of only 4 active Division I coaches with 600+ career victories.
- Jerry Porter - Former NFL Wide Receiver for the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars
- Wil Robinson, former ABA basketball player, All-American at West Virginia
- Rich Rodriguez - Former head football coach of the University of Michigan; current head football coach of the University of Arizona.
- Todd Sauerbrun - NFL punter; went to the Pro Bowl in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
- Floyd B. "Ben" Schwartzwalder - Former head coach of the 1959 National Championship Syracuse University football team
- Steve Slaton - Current NFL running back for the Miami Dolphins
- Dave Stephenson - Former NFL Guard for the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers
- Darryl Talley - WVU all-time team member and former NFL Linebacker for the Buffalo Bills
- Rod Thorn - Former WVU basketball player and current President of the Philadelphia 76ers
- John Thornton - defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Mike Vanderjagt - Former Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys placekicker
- Jerome Alan "Jerry" West - WVU & NBA basketball player, Model for NBA Logo
- Pat White (American football) - Former NFL quarterback for the Miami Dolphins
- Amos Zereoue - Former NFL running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, & New England Patriots
- Andrew Wright - Current Defender/Midfielder for Morecambe F.C.
- Oliver Luck - Former NFL player and president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo. Current Athletic Director of West Virginia University
- Niccolò Campriani Silver Medal in the Men's 10 metre air rifle at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- John Browning - Former NFL defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs 1996-2006
- Billy Joe Mantooth - Former NFL linebacker for the Houston Oilers
- Carl George Bachmann - U.S. Congressman, Republican Minority Whip 1931-1933
- Clark S. Barnes - West Virginia Senate, District 15, 2004 – Present
- William Wallace Barron - 26th Governor of West Virginia
- Irene C. Berger - federal judicial nominee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
- Frank L. Bowman was an American politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives
- Virginia Mae Brown, first woman to head the Interstate Commerce Commission
- Becky Cain - past president of the League of Women Voters
- William G. Conley - 18th Governor of West Virginia
- William Harrison Courtney - special assistant to President Clinton
- Joseph DiSarro (Ph.D.), professor and chair in the Department of Political Science at Washington & Jefferson College.
- David Ginsburg (1912–2010), presidential adviser and executive director of the Kerner Commission.
- William E. Glasscock - 13th Governor of West Virginia
- Howard Mason Gore - 17th Governor of West Virginia
- Kathleen M. Hawk - Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Robert Lynn Hogg - Represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from 1930–1933
- Sen. Harley M. Kilgore - chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on War Mobilization during World War II
- Nancy Jacobs - Maryland State Senator (1973).
- Tim Mahoney (politician) - U.S. Congressman from Florida
- Edward F. McClain - member Wisconsin State Assembly
- Darrell McGraw - Former West Virginia Attorney General, Former Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court
- Joe Manchin - The 34th Governor of West Virginia and United States Senator from West Virginia
- William C. Marland - 24th Governor of West Virginia
- M. Blane Michael - Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Alan Mollohan - United States Congressman
- Arch A. Moore, Jr. - 28th & 30th Governor of West Virginia
- Ephraim F. Morgan - 16th Governor of West Virginia
- Matthew M. Neely - 22nd Governor of West Virginia
- Asra Nomani - former Wall Street Journal reporter, author and Islamic reform and feminism activist
- Tom Pridemore - West Virginia House of Delegates and football player
- Jeff Pyle - Pennsylvania State Representative
- Stuart F. Reed - politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives
- Paul S. Stull - member Maryland House of Delegates.
- John G. Trueschler, former member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1979).
- Cecil H. Underwood - Youngest (25th) and oldest (32nd) Governor of West Virginia
- Joseph M. Devine - Governor of North Dakota from 1898 to 1899
Other notable alumni
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