Biedenbach leaves UNCA to become assistant at UNCW

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Submitted: Tue, 04/02/2013 - 9:32pm
Updated: Thu, 04/04/2013 - 5:56pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW men’s basketball coach Buzz Peterson has filled an opening on his staff.

Eddie Biedenbach will leave his head coaching position at UNC Asheville to join the Seahawks as an assistant.

Peterson dismissed assistants Jamie Kashmerick and Dante Calabria March 18.

Biedenbach spent 17 years at UNCA. He was Big South Coach of the Year three times.

Biedenbach has been coaching for 37 years. He began his career as an assistant coach at NC state, where he played in the sixties.


  • taxpayer says:

    that Biedenbach was the scheduled speaker for the Wilmington Sports luncheon…and now he’s on staff at UNCW.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    with 2 assistants gone, he is probably still within budget despite the increase.

    Buzz is making $430,000 this coming year. To part Company and fire him, would require $1.3 million lump sum which I doubt the school can put up.

    Buzz ought to be giving a significant portion back; he sure is not delivering results.

  • Vog46 says:

    That his salary (and Peterson’s) hasn’t garnered many comments.



  • Vog46 says:

    From a head coach making $95K per year to an assistant coach in a losing program making $130K per year………
    His pension goes up accordingly….


  • Vog46 says:

    But I am.
    This guy went from making $95K as a head coach to making $130K as an assistant coach at UNC-W. (Source Star News blogs “the Dub Hub” Brian Mull is reporting this)
    Between Peterson and this guy you have half million in salary.
    Half a mil in state pensions amounts to just shy of
    $200K per year pension liability if they are at 30 years of state service which grants them 66% of their pay for retirement.

    Half mil for a losing program between just 2 guys.
    UNCW’s salary structure needs to be reset.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    rethink your math. Peterson @ $430,000 and Bieb @ $130,000 puts you closer to $600,000 than $500,000.

    But you hit the head on the nail re the pension. If memory serves me they use the highest three years of compensation as a portion of the calulation basis.

    You cleared that up. He got a nifty pay raise and gets to live at Wrightsville Beach.

  • Guest123123 says:

    State retirement formula uses your highest last 4 years. So this is a good move if the numbers are correct

  • SurfCityTom says:

    of snow.

    He has a house at Wrightsville Beach.

    He’s a family friend who may be attempting to salvage Peterson’s career.

    He may have wanted to step aside to allow a younger Coach to step in.

    All of those are reasons which may have offset the money.

  • Vog46 says:

    I had the same thought.
    In the BSC (Big South Conference) UNC-A was not “stellar” but was certainly one of the better teams. They were a medium fish in a small pond so to speak.
    UNC-W is a weaker fish in a slightly bigger pond IMHO and he’s going from head coach to assistant coach.
    It COULD be he wants to throttle back and I won’t begrudge him that but college coaching is such and ego trip for these guys i find that hard to believe.


  • UNCWGUY says:

    UNCA is nowhere near the same size as UNCW

  • Guest123123 says:

    This is strange. Has to be less money. Unca has a decent program. Going from a head coach to an assistant at a school of similar size. An assistant at an Acc school maybe but this??

  • Guest123123 says:

    student body is larger at UNCW but Asheville and Wilmington are about the same size as is New Hanover is to Buncombe population wise. Basketball program about the same. Smarty pants. Story was not about the student body but about why a seasoned coach would come to UNCW as an assistant.

  • Ireckon says:

    Buzz just hired his replacement!

  • PublicAvenger says:

    He was a great player at NC State. He was the main recruiter, who brought David Thompson to State, for Norm Sloan. 25 years ago, he managed the Wilmington Athletic Club, for a brief while. Several titles with UNC-A. A good family man, and a well-rounded Christian. We are lucky to have Eddie Biedenbach back.

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