The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:00 am

Warriors add athletic director to Biggs' role

Journal Gazette

Indiana Tech is banking on Jessie Biggs' success as its women's basketball coach transferring to every other sport it sponsors.

Biggs, in her eighth season as the coach of the Warriors' women's basketball team and her fifth year as the associate director of athletics for event management and senior woman administrator, was named Indiana Tech's director of athletics, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Daniel J. Stoker and President Dr. Karl W. Einolf announced in a news release. 

Biggs, who will stay as women's basketball coach, succeeds Debbie Warren, who announced her retirement following a 40-year career in collegiate athletics this year. Biggs will assume her role as athletic director on June 6.

“During Coach Biggs' time at Indiana Tech, she's been highly effective on the court and off, taking on administrative duties for the athletics department that have prepared her well for the Athletics Director role,” Dr. Einolf said in the news release. “Coach Biggs is a passionate, motivated and inspiring leader, and I am confident she is going to take our athletics programs to a new level of excellence.”

Biggs, an Ottumwa, Iowa, native, has compiled a 178-82 record while leading the Warriors to three straight WHAC regular season titles and four consecutive trips to the NAIA Division II National Championship.

“I would like to thank Indiana Tech and the administration for this opportunity and their belief in me,” Biggs said in the news release. “Indiana Tech is a wonderful place to call home and I am excited to embrace a new role as Athletics Director. I look forward to building upon the great leadership and work that Debbie Warren has done for the athletics department.”

Since arriving in Fort Wayne in 2012, Biggs has served the university in a variety of administrative roles, including managing the softball and women's lacrosse programs during periods of transition; mentoring new coaches and staff members; and overseeing game-day management operations.

She currently sits on the Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee and is a liaison between the athletics department and admissions office.

Biggs earned her bachelor's degree in criminology with a minor in athletic coaching from the University of Northern Iowa in 2007 and her master's degree in recreation, parks, and tourism administration from Western Illinois University in 2011.

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