Adrian Wiggins, who was named Ole Miss' head coach on March 26, 2012, enters his first year as head coach of the Rebels in 2012-13. Wiggins comes to Ole Miss from Fresno State where he spent 10 years with the Bulldogs, including spending the past seven seasons as head coach.
During the 2011-12 season, Fresno State recorded a program-best 28 wins and also had the fewest losses in a season with six. The Bulldogs made their fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and recorded at least 20 wins for the sixth consecutive season under Wiggins.
Wiggins also led the Bulldogs to a piece of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title five straight years and the WAC tournament title in four of the last five seasons.
In his seven-plus seasons as head coach, the two-time WAC Coach of the Year has amassed a 175-66 overall record and 92-18 record in WAC games. He is the only Fresno State coach in the 45-year history to not have a losing season, while averaging 25 wins per season.
Since his first full season (2005-06) as head coach, the Bulldogs boasted the most wins in the WAC (168).
Under Wiggins, the Bulldogs had the program's four most successful seasons in school history and seemed to improve upon each campaign the following year.
This season, Wiggins coached four players to All-WAC honors including Ki-Ki Moore who was named conference Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and to the First Team All-WAC. Rosie Moult and Taylor Thompson earned spots on the All-WAC second-team and Defensive All-WAC teams. Madison Parrish was named to the WAC All-Freshmen team after her first season.
Heading into postseason play, Wiggins also had his team in the top-10 in the national stats as the Bulldogs were ranked tenth in the nation in scoring offense (75.5 ppg), 10th in steals (12.5 steals per game) and third in three pointers in a game (9.8). During the season, the team posted the second-longest winning streak in program history (12) games and received votes in the national poll for eight weeks in a row, the last eight weeks of the season.
In 2010-11, Wiggins and the Bulldogs went 25-8 overall and 14-2 in conference action. Fresno State led the country in three-pointers per game with 9.8, the second time in three years that the Bulldogs had led the country in a three-point stat.
Jaleesa Ross, Rosie Moult and Taylor Thompson earned all-league honors, while a total of eight Bulldogs earned Academic All-WAC honors. Ross was also named the WAC Tournament MVP for the third consecutive year.
Under Wiggins' guidance, Ross was one of the best women's basketball players in Fresno State history. During her career, Ross broke the program record for points (2,002), field goals (723), three-point field goals (389) and steals (247). She played in 133 games in her four-year career and was named the conference tournament MVP three times.
In 2009-10, the Bulldogs won a then-school record 27 games (27-7) and became the first WAC school to go undefeated in conference play (16-0) since Louisiana Tech in 2002-03. It was also the first-time a Fresno State team had gone undefeated in conference play.
Fresno State won its third straight WAC regular season championship in 2010 and advanced to the conference tournament title game for the third straight year. During the season Fresno State boasted a program-best 27 RPI late in the year and they were one spot away from entering the Top 25 just before the start of the WAC Tournament.
Wiggins was named the 2010 WBCA Region 7 Coach of the Year and was one of eight finalists for National Coach of the Year honors.
Fresno State enjoyed a magical season in 2008-09 when the team repeated as WAC regular season and tournament champions, earning its second-straight berth in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs' 24-9 record tied a school record for most wins, set by Wiggins' 2005-06 team.
In 2008-09, the Bulldogs led the country in 3-pointers making 309 from beyond the arc, good for a mark of 9.4 a game. The 309 total set a new school and WAC record and was the second-most in NCAA history. The Bulldogs also attempted an NCAA, WAC and school record 893 3-pointers. Along with an amazing year on the basketball court, the Bulldogs were impressive in the classroom as they boasted a 3.3 team GPA during the season, their best in at least seven years.
In 2007-08, Wiggins guided the Bulldogs to the school's first ever NCAA tournament appearance. He also garnered WAC Coach of the Year honors while leading the Bulldogs to a 22-11 record and a 14-2 conference mark. After starting the year 0-6 and 2-8, the Bulldogs went on to win 20 of their final 23 games to capture the programs first ever WAC championship.
Fresno State's success was noticed by coaches and media from around the country as Tierre Wilson was named WAC Player of the Year and Honorable Mention AP All-American. Freshman Jaleesa Ross was named the WAC Newcomer of the Year and the WAC Tournament MVP.
The `Dogs recorded the most wins in school history during the 2005-06 season, as they finished 24-8. The 24 wins marked the best mark in the program's 42 years. That year the Bulldogs advanced to the postseason for the second consecutive year (a program first) and treated fans to back-to-back victories over UC Santa Barbara and UNLV in the opening rounds of the WNIT tournament before falling to eventual champion Kansas State.
Academics are a high priority for Wiggins. Since taking over the head coaching duties, Wiggins coached 28 student-athletes who earned Academic All-WAC honors. In addition, Bulldog student-athletes have maintained a strong presence in the community, serving as role models to Valley youth while participating in various service functions, camps and clinics.
Wiggins helped pave the way for his players to play professionally, as well. In six years, Wiggins has coached 10 players who have gone on to play professionally. As the head coach at Cameron, he had two players sign professional contracts.
Before being named head coach, Wiggins served as Fresno State's top assistant from 2002-05.
Prior to Fresno State, Wiggins served as the head coach at Cameron University, a Division II school in Lawton, Okla., from 2000-2002.
In 2001-02, Wiggins helped lead Cameron to its second-best record in program history and the Lone Star Conference's North Division title. The Aggies finished 25-5 and received a berth in the NCAA Division II Championships for the first time in their history.
Wiggins began his coaching career at Lawton High School, where he served as an assistant coach from 1996-97. Wiggins was promoted to head coach the following year at Lawton High, serving as the Wolverines' skipper for two seasons before moving to collegiate coaching career with Cameron.
A 1995 graduate of Cameron, Wiggins received his bachelor's degree in psychology and was a four-year member of the Aggie baseball squad. He also received a Master of Science degree in Alternative Studies from CU in 2001.
He and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, Aubrey, and a son, William.
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Overall Record As A Division I Head Coach 175-66, .726 (8 years; entering 9th year in 2012-13)
Overall Head Coaching Record 215-83, .721 (10 years; entering 11th year in 2012-13)
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