Brigham Waginger, a former Western Carolina men’s basketball player and an assistant under two Catamount head coaches, enters a new position this fall in WCU’s Athletics Department.
He has been named director of Student-Athlete Development and Alumni Engagement, a newly-formed position within WCU Athletics’ Student Services.
“From day one, we’ve talked about the importance of investing in the 40-year experience our student-athletes will have when they leave Cullowhee,” Athletic Director Alex Gary said. “Having a Catamount and alumnus in Brigham Waginger to lead our efforts in this space is a win for our department, our current student-athletes and our student-athlete alumni.”
In his new role, Waginger will create and oversee programs aimed at the personal, professional and leadership development of WCU athletes. Waginger will also be responsible for developing and fostering local and regional partnerships to secure internships and job opportunities for Catamount athletes.
Another role of the position is geared towards enhancing relationships and communication with WCU’s former athletes. He will work with that group to engage them as mentors for providing resources and support for current athletes.
Waginger was a four-year guard for the Cats from 2006-10 before joining the WCU staff in 2010 as director of basketball operations. He was promoted to a full-time coach prior to the 2011-12 season and held the program’s recruiting coordinator title during his tenure.
As a player, the product of South Webster, Ohio concluded his WCU career as the program’s all-time steals leader, pacing the Southern Conference in that category for three consecutive seasons and collected co-Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior.
He played for and worked under the late Larry Hunter and worked under the current coach, Mark Prosser.