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January 27, 2010 > Coach earns 200th career victory

Coach earns 200th career victory

By Marty Valdez

The brilliant 13-year coaching career of Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) men's basketball coach Will Biggs reached a milestone on January 16 as he earned his 200th victory in a Pioneer 88-69 win over Cal State Monterey Bay. Biggs owns the best overall record among the all-time Pioneer men's basketball coaches at 200-143.

"I was glad to win my 200th game at CSUEB," said Biggs. "I've been blessed with some good teams and assistant coaches over the past 13 years. The team really rallied around me in the victory following the passing of my Dad earlier in the week," he added.

Biggs guided the 2008-09 Pioneers to the Cal Pac Conference Championship and an appearance in the NAIA Championships for the fifth time. CSUEB finished 19-8 for the season. The 2007-08 team appeared in the Cal Pac Conference Post Season Tournament for the 10th straight season.

CSUEB men's basketball team finished the 2005-06 campaign with a record of 17-9. Nationally, CSUEB led the NAIA II in steals (12.8) and turnover margin (7.1). The Pioneers were second in scoring offense (89.6 ppg). Cal State East Bay set three school records for most points in a game (149), most field goals in a game (67), and field goal percentage in a contest (.736 FG%).

During the 2004-05 campaign, Biggs became the all-time winning men's basketball coach at CSUEB with his 138th victory. The 2004-05 Pioneers finished the season with a 19-9 record and came within one game of reaching the NAIA Nationals for the fifth time in the last seven years. The Pioneers set 12 school records including offensive scoring average (93.8 ppg) and steals (443).

Biggs led the 2003-04 Pioneer men's basketball team to a 19-10 record and a fourth appearance in the NAIA National Championships. The Pioneers scored 90 or more points in nine games. During the 2002-03 season, CSUEB captured the Cal Pac Conference Playoffs and appeared in NAIA post-season play for the third time.

In 2000-01, the Pioneers finished 17-9 and 11-3 in the Cal Pac. During the 1999-2000 campaign, the Pioneers won 20 games for the second straight year at 20-9 and won the California Pacific Conference Post-Season Tournament. As the conference tournament champions, the Pioneers earned their second straight invitation to the NAIA Division II National Championships. Like the 1998-99 squad, the Pioneers won their first round game earning sweet 16 honors.

During the 1998-99 season, the Pioneers concluded their most successful season since the 1996-97 campaign with a 22-6 record and were co-champions of the Cal Pac Conference with an 18-2 mark. CSUEB earned its first post-season appearance since 1987-88. The Pioneers were ranked fourth nationally in the NAIA in margin of victory (16.32) and 13th nationally in scoring (85.9 ppg) and rebound margin (6.29). The Pioneers .807 winning percentage set a team record as did their scoring average of 85.9 points per game. Four times the Pioneers eclipsed the 100-point barrier.

Biggs served as head coach of Ohlone College from 1995-97. Much of Biggs' success came at James Logan High School where he coached from 1982-92. Biggs guided the Colts to five Mission Valley Athletic league titles with five in a row from 1984-88. The Colts played in three straight Northern California Finals winning it in 1985. Biggs' overall record at Logan High School was an impressive 211-93.

Biggs received his B.A. in Physical Education from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1978 and his M.A. in Physical Education from Cal State East Bay in 1988.

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