UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Two coaches with Asheville basketball connections are poised to join forces when longtime UNC Asheville Head Coach Eddie Biedenbach agreed Tuesday to become a member of Buzz Peterson's staff at UNCW.
Peterson, a native of Asheville who compiled an outstanding prep career before moving on to UNC Chapel Hill, recently completed his third season and announced two weeks ago that he was shuffling his coaching staff. The hire of Biedenbach, a 17-year head coaching veteran at UNCA, as an assistant coach brings a wealth of experience and recruiting knowledge to the Seahawk bench for the 2013-14 campaign.
"We're very pleased that Eddie and Barbara will be part of the UNCW family," said Peterson, who expects Biedenbach to start work later this month. "I've known Eddie for a long time and have always had tremendous respect for the job he's done through the years. He's an outstanding x's and o's coach and has a lot of personal integrity.
"I was looking for someone with head coaching experience and Eddie's track record speaks for itself. He's taken UNCA to the NCAA Tournament and established a very successful program there. Eddie will bring a wealth of knowledge to our program."
Biedenbach has been coaching for 37 years, including 20 seasons as a head coach at UNCA and Davidson. He began his career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, N.C. State, before accepting the head coaching post at Davidson in 1978-79.
The Pittsburgh native headed up the Davidson program for three seasons. He then worked as an aide at Georgia for eight years and returned to the Wolfpack staff in 1993-94.
After a three-year stay in Raleigh, Biedenbach got the call from UNCA and the rest is history. He has compiled a 256-259 record with the Bulldogs and leaves the mountains as all-time winningest coach in school and Big South Conference history.
Biedenbach guided UNCA to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003, 2011 and 2012, establishing one of the Big South's most successful programs over the last 17 seasons. He piloted the Bulldogs to BSC regular season titles in 1997, 1998, 2008 and 2002, and coached UNCA to top four finishes in the league 13 times in 17 seasons.
The three-time BSC Coach-of-the-Year has provided several memorable moments for UNCA fans, including a narrow loss to Syracuse as the No. 16 seed in last year's NCAA Tournament.
As a player, Biedenbach starred at N.C. State and collected First-Team All-ACC honors twice. He was selected by the St. Louis Hawks in the ninth round of the 1967 NBA Draft and the L.A. Lakers in the fourth round of the 1968 NBA Draft. He played for the Phoenix Suns briefly before embarking on his collegiate coaching career.
Peterson, who won the 1982 NCAA championship as a member of the Tar Heels, won't be the only member of the staff with a ring. Biedenbach served as an assistant coach for the N.C. State squad that captured the 1974 title behind David Thompson & Co.