Alex Wiggs begins his first season as Three River’s assistant women's basketball coach in 2016-17.
Wiggs brings in six years of collegiate coaching experience to the Lady Raiders after spending the last three season at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. As the assistant coach, Wiggs was a part of one of the biggest turnarounds in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), taking a team that had only won two conference games the year before back into the postseason. The Blue Tigers went 12-14 that season, with four of those losses coming in the game’s final minute, and qualified for the MIAA Women’s Basketball Championship tournament for the third time in the past four years.
Wiggs coached four All-MIAA Honorable Mention players, eight players who made the All-MIAA Academic Honor Roll and had 12 student-athletes make the Dean’s List in 2015-2016.
Wiggs joined Lincoln after spending three years as an assistant coach at Moberly Area Community College. He was a member of the Greyhounds’ women’s basketball staff, where he helped the team compile a two-year record of 40-22 after the program had gone 7-24 the previous year. Wiggs helped the team break a 32-year record for scoring defense in 2013, as the Greyhounds gave up just 48.5 points per game.
In 2012-13, the Greyhounds went 14-1 at home during the season and appeared in the National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 poll for the first time since 2009.
Four players Wiggs coached at MACC earned NJCAA All-Region 16 honors while two more were honorable mention selections. Wiggs coached 13 players who later signed with four-year colleges, the most a coach has had in his or her first two years in program history.
Wiggs has oversaw the team’s academic progress over the two seasons at MACC and saw 18 student athletes earn cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher; nine student athletes earn a spot on the Dean’s List with 3.5 or better averages; and six student athletes selected to the President’s List with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
Before taking over as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Moberly, Wiggs served on the Greyhounds’ men’s basketball staff from 2010-2011. Wiggs helped plan game strategy, scouted opponents and worked as a recruiter for the Greyhounds in addition to his work as an on-floor coach. Wiggs coached two all-region honorees during his lone season with the team and led the Greyhounds to the NJCAA Region 16 semifinals.
Wiggs graduated from John Brown University in 2010 and earned a master’s degree from North Central University in 2012.