The WCU men's basketball team opened up the 2012-13 season officially with its first practice of the season in the Ramsey Center, Friday evening.
Brigham Waginger was named an assistant coach on Larry Hunter's staff on July 1, 2011. Waginger spent the 2010-11 season as the Director of Basketball Operations. Following the 2014-15 season, Waginger was promoted to recruiting coordinator for the Western Carolina men's basketball program.
In April of 2015, Waginger was named to the Under Armour “30-under-30” team as selected and released by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), it was announced during the organization’s annual convention held in conjunction with the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
The “30-under-30” team is designed to highlight and recognize up-and-coming basketball coaches across the nation.
Through five seasons on the sidelines, Waginger has proved to be a valuable asset to the program in both player development and in game planning, especially in the areas of scouting. With Waginger on the sideline under Hunter’s tutelage, WCU has won 81 games, advancing to two Southern Conference tournament championship games. Last season, the Catamounts earned a post-season berth for just the third-time in program history, accepting a bid in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
As the Director of Basketball Operations, Waginger was primarily responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of the team including travel while also assisting in video exchange.
Waginger was a four-year standout for the Western Carolina men's basketball team from 2006-10 playing for current head coach Larry Hunter.
Known for his tough, hard-nosed play on the court during his four-year career at WCU, Waginger finished with 810 points including 27 double-digit scoring outings. He shattered the school's career benchmark for steals by 64, finishing with 285 career thefts, well above the previous record of 221 steals held by WCU Hall of Famer, Henry Logan. His 285 career steals rank third in SoCon history.
A native of South Webster, Ohio, Waginger finished his WCU career as both the school's career and single-season (90) steals leader with his name occupying three of the top four single-season steals performances.
Offensively, Waginger connected on 165 3-pointers to rank sixth on WCU's career 3-pointers made ledger at the time of his graduation. He additionally finished his career ranked ninth in career assists with 398 over his four years in Cullowhee.
As a senior, Waginger earned third team All-Southern Conference honors from the voting media and was named the SoCon's co-Defensive Player of the Year after pacing the league in steals for a third-straight season - the first player to ever do so and just the second player to lead the SoCon in steals three-times in a four-year career. He was additionally selected to the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Defensive All-America team as he helped guide WCU to 22 seasonal victories - the most since moving to NCAA Division I - and returned the Catamounts back to post-season play for the first time since 1996.
During his junior year in 2008-09, Waginger helped the Catamounts to a share of the SoCon North Division Crown. He scored a career-high 22 points including nailing a career-best seven 3-pointers in the home finale victory over Chattanooga which secured the share of the divisional title.
Prior to coming to Western Carolina, Waginger guided South Webster HS to an Ohio State Championship as a senior, garnering Southern Ohio Conference Player of the Year accolades in the process after averaging 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.3 steals per game.