Eddie Biedenbach

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Eddie Biedenbach
Personal information
Born (1945-08-12) August 12, 1945 (age 74)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolEdgewood
(Edgewood, Pennsylvania)
CollegeNC State (1965–1968)
NBA draft1968 / Round: 4 / Pick: 45th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Coaching career1970–2014
Career history
As player:
1968Phoenix Suns
As coach:
1970–1978NC State (assistant)
1981–1989Georgia (assistant)
1993–1996NC State (assistant)
1996–2013UNC Asheville
2013–2014UNC Wilmington (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:
  • Big South Coach of the Year (2008)
  • Big South Tournament champion (2003, 2011, 2012)
  • Big South regular season champion (1997, 1998, 2008, 2012)
  • SoCon regular season champion (1981)

Edward Joseph Biedenbach (born August 12, 1945) is an American former basketball player and college basketball coach.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Pittsburgh, Biedenbach attended Edgewood High School in nearby Edgewood. He played collegiately for the North Carolina State University and was selected first-team All-ACC twice.[1]

He was selected by the St. Louis Hawks in the 9th round (106th pick overall) of the 1967 NBA draft and by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 4th round (45th pick overall) of the 1968 NBA draft. In the 1968–69 season, Biedenbach played seven games for the Phoenix Suns.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

He was an assistant coach for the 1973–74 NC State basketball team which won the NCAA championship.

Biedenbach coached at Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He led Asheville to three NCAA tournament appearances. In 2003, they lost to Texas in the first round.

In 2007–08, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs garnered national spotlight attention because of 7'7" center Kenny George.[3] UNCA went 23–10 that season and was runner-up in the Big South Tournament. UNCA made the NIT and lost in the first round to Ohio State 84-66.[4]

In 2011, UNCA qualified for the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big South Tournament. UNCA beat Arkansas-Little Rock in the First Four before losing to Pittsburgh in the Round of 64.[5]

The 2011–2012 season was the most successful season in Asheville basketball history. Led by four seniors (J.P. Primm, Matt Dickey, Chris Stephenson, and Quinard Jackson), the Bulldogs won a school record 24 wins. UNCA won the Big South regular season title. By virtue of winning the Big South Tournament, UNCA earned a 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament and led 1 seed Syracuse for the majority of the game but lost 72-65 and fell short of becoming the first 16 seed to upset a 1 seed.[6]

On April 2, 2013, Biedenbach resigned from UNC Asheville to take an assistant coaching job under Buzz Peterson at UNC Wilmington.[7] After Peterson was fired, Biedenbach became interim head coach until UNCW hired Kevin Keatts, who did not retain Biedenbach on staff.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Biedenbach is the father-in-law of Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour. Brind'Amour is married to Biedenbach's daughter, Amy.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Davidson Wildcats (Southern Conference) (1978–1981)
1978–79 Davidson 8–19 3–7 6th
1979–80 Davidson 8–18 4–11 9th
1980–81 Davidson 13–14 11–5 1st
Davidson: 29–51 18–23
UNC Asheville Bulldogs (Big South Conference) (1996–2013)
1996–97 UNC Asheville 18–10 11–3 T–1st
1997–98 UNC Asheville 19–9 11–1 1st
1998–99 UNC Asheville 11–18 8–6 3rd
1999–00 UNC Asheville 11–19 7–7 T–3rd
2000–01 UNC Asheville 15–13 9–5 3rd
2001–02 UNC Asheville 13–15 10–4 T–1st
2002–03 UNC Asheville 15–17 8–8 5th NCAA First Round
2003–04 UNC Asheville 9–20 6–10 7th
2004–05 UNC Asheville 11–17 8–8 3rd
2005–06 UNC Asheville 9–19 6–10 7th
2006–07 UNC Asheville 12–19 6–8 5th
2007–08 UNC Asheville 23–10 10–4 T–1st NIT First Round
2008–09 UNC Asheville 15–16 10–8 4th
2009–10 UNC Asheville 15–16 11–7 4th
2010–11 UNC Asheville 20–14 11–7 3rd NCAA Second Round
2011–12 UNC Asheville 24–10 16–2 1st NCAA Second Round
2012–13 UNC Asheville 16–16 10–6 3rd (South)
UNC Asheville: 256–258 158–104
Total: 285–309

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Eddie Biedenbach". UNC Wilmington Athletics. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/biedeed01.html
  3. ^ Jarrett, Keith (October 18, 2008). "Nation's tallest player has foot partially amputated". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/north-carolina-asheville/2008-schedule.html
  5. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/north-carolina-asheville/2011-schedule.html
  6. ^ "Eddie Biedenbach". UNC Asheville Athletics. 2012. p. 1. Archived from the original on April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Bonner, Bob (April 2, 2013). "Eddie Biedenbach leaving UNCA, joining UNCW coaching staff". WECT. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Detweiler, Eric (June 11, 2014). "Biedenbach enjoys time off, but hopes to get back in the game". Wilmington Star News. Retrieved April 15, 2016.

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