30 SOMETHING

Assistant basketball coach named an ‘up-and-comer’

By SEAN FORRESTER
Waginer

Western Carolina men’s assistant basketball coach Brigham Waginger ’10 was named to the Under Armour “30-under-30” team as selected and released by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The announcement was made 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.

A former four-year standout on the basketball court under head coach Larry Hunter at Western Carolina, Waginger has been on the sidelines for the Catamounts since his graduation. He spent the 2010-11 season as the director of basketball operations before assuming a full-time coaching role in the summer of 2011. Following the 2014-15 season, Waginger was promoted to the program’s recruiting coordinator.

“I am happy to see Brigham get this recognition. He is an outstanding young coach with a bright future in the coaching field. He is a very hard worker, intelligent, knowledgeable, a good teacher, an insatiable learner, and passionate about coaching and the game of basketball,” said Hunter.

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, Hunter said. 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.

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 held by WCU Hall of Famer Henry Logan. His 285 career steals rank third in SoCon history.