Eddie Biedenbach


As an outstanding athlete in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Eddie Biedenbach played Basketball, Baseball and Football.  Eddie’s years and many successes in sports were honored by his Pittsburgh roots in 1998 when he was inducted into PennsylvaniEast Boros Sports Hall of Fame honoring Pittsburgh athletic standouts.

Eddie was signed to a basketball scholarship at North Carolina State University and subsequently played freshman ball for All-American Lou Pucillo then played varsity ball for 3 Legendary Hall of Fame coaches (Everett Case, Press Maravich and  Norm Sloan), but also played baseball for the Hall of Fame  coach Vic Sorrell.   Eddie quickly became a home fan favorite as a speedy defensive guard who had uncanny hand and foot quickness, great ball-handling skills and an innate knack for the game.   Sportswriters nicknamed Eddie the Pittsburgh Pickpocket as well as The Pittsburgh Pirate because of his propensity to steal the basketball.

Eddie’s N.C. State 3-year varsity career included 2 years as the team’s leading scorer, 2-time All-ACC accolades, 2-time All-ACC Tournament honors, and as a senior N.C. State’s MVP.  In the famed 1968 ACC Tournament 12-10 game with Duke University Eddie was high scorer with a mere 4 points.  In celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ACC Eddie was voted the N.C. State Basketball Player of the decade (1960’s).

Drafted by FOUR different Professional Teams, Eddie was first selected by the St. Louis Hawks (drafted after his red-shirt senior year when side-lined due to major back surgery).  Three teams drafted Eddie following his senior year (NBA’s Los Angeles LakersABA’s New York Nets, and NFL’s Dallas Cowboys).  After college Eddie played briefly with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns before returning to N.C. State to begin a long and rewarding coaching career.

As an assistant coach Eddie was instrumental in recruiting the players that brought N.C. State University 2 National Championships (1974 and 1983) and assisted coach Hugh Durham at the University of Georgia en route to their first ever Final Four appearance (1983).

As a head coach, Eddie brought a last place Davidson College team to first place in the Southern Conference in just 3 years.

As head coach at UNC-Asheville Eddie lifted the basketball program to national attention and guided his players to be Conference Champions 6 times.

Eddie became the winning-est coach of all time at UNC-Asheville as well as the winning-est basketball coach in the history of the Big South Conference.

Eddie was voted conference Coach of the Year 4 times.  In addition to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Eddie has been recently inducted into 4 other Athletic Hall of Fames:

  • The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
  • The Western North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
  • The University of North Carolina – Asheville Athletic Hall of Fame
  • The Big South Conference Hall of Fame   

But high on Eddie’s list of successes as a Head Coach of 20 years is the success Eddie’s players have had academically with a 95% graduation rate.

Always the team-player, Eddie devoted personal time and innovative efforts to raise over $5 million ear-marked for student scholarships and non-profits.

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