PIKEVILLE – Brandon Bias, an assistant coach with the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team last season, has been hired as the next head coach of the program, athletic director Robert Staggs announced on Friday.
Bias, a Hewett, W. Va., native, takes over a UPIKE program coming off its best season in school history, recording a program-record 26 wins and advancing to its first NAIA Fab Four.
“Brandon has a passion for basketball and for this program and I couldn’t be happier to have him continue his career as the head coach at UPIKE,” said Staggs. “After the team’s success last season, we needed a coach who could keep the momentum rolling, while also making our players the best student-athletes they can be on and off the court, and I think Brandon is a great fit to do that.
“The current members of the team are familiar with Brandon, and while there are changes that come with moving into the head coach role, I have no doubt that he’ll be able to make it a smooth transition among the current team and incoming recruits.”
As an assistant at UPIKE last season, Bias served as the program’s recruiting coordinator, putting together what is expected to be one of the best recruiting classes in school history in just one season. Bias also played key roles in player development and scouting, helping pave the road to the NAIA national semifinals.
“I’d like to thank the administration at UPIKE for making this decision,” said Bias. “I feel very blessed to be able to coach these young women. I’d also like to thank my fiancé for her support throughout this process and my mentors Joanna McNamee and David Smalley for their guidance over the past few seasons.”
Before coming to UPIKE, Bias spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Rio Grande (Ohio). He helped the RedStorm to the 2015 KIAC Regular-Season Championship, winning a school-record 16 straight games and advancing to the NAIA National Tournament.
Bias recruited two NAIA All-Americans to Rio Grande, including the KIAC Player of the Year and coached five all-conference selections.
Prior to jumping into the college game, Bias was the head coach at Buffalo High School in Putnam, W. Va., for four seasons. He was named the 2011 Kanawha Valley Coach of the Year by the Charleston Daily Mail after leading the Bison to a 17-6 mark – a single-season record for wins.
Bias earned a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State in 2011 and a master’s in Education from Rio Grande in 2013.