Kent State Gymnastics Camps
Head Coach / Camp Director
Brice Biggin begins his 25th year as head coach of the Kent State gymnastics team and 36th year of association with program in 2015-16.
During Biggin's tenure with Kent State, the Golden Flashes have appeared in 19 NCAA Regionals, including the team's seventh consecutive appearance in 2014. Along the way, Biggin has mentored the five Mid-American Conference's Gymnasts of the Year and 40 MAC champions.
This past season, Kent State took home the MAC Title with a thrilling 196.375-196.275 win over the defending champs Central Michigan. The title marked the 12th in team history, first since 2009, and their fifth when hosting the championships in Kent (1981, 1988, 2001, 2008, 2015). Ending the 2015 campaign, Rachel Stypinski, the MAC Freshman of the Year and Specialist of the Year, qualified for the NCAA Regionals in Columbus, Ohio on the floor exercise and balance beam. Stypinski tied for second on the floor (9.900) and tied for 13th on the beam (9.800). Following the 2015 season, seven gymnasts were named to the Academic All-MAC team and 10 garnerd National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) Scholastic All-America honors.
In 2014, the Golden Flashes saw Marie Case advance to the NCAA National Championships as an individual to compete in the All-Around. Biggin and Kent State finished the season ranked 27th in the nation and 25th in the floor exercise. Biggin saw Marie Case finish in the top-15 in the all-around nationally, ranking 13th with a high of 39.600 and an average on the year of 39.275. Biggin saw two individuals rank in the top-100 nationally for individual events: Amiah Mims finished the year T-96th on floor while Case ranked T-23rd on Floor, T-27th on Balance Beam, T-88th on Vault and T-100th on the uneven bars.
The 2011 NACGC/W Head Coach of the Year led the Golden Flashes to their first trip to the NCAA Championships in program history after placing second at the 2011 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional April 2, achieving the special feat of competing for a national title while also playing co-host to the event along with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Kent State defeated the likes of No. 4 Stanford, No. 16 Ohio State and No. 23 Minnesota at the regional en route to becoming the first regional six seed and MAC team ever to advance to the national finals. The Golden Flashes completed the season with their highest ranking in program history at No. 12 after totaling a team score of 195.000 on April 15 at the national semifinals at the Wolstein Center.
Since being named head coach in 1992, Biggin has been selected the MAC Coach of the Year eight times, NCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year twice and NCAA Central Region Coach of the Year in 2001. Biggin has led the Golden Flashes to nine MAC regular season titles and eight MAC tournament crowns.
Biggin was named to the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Committee in July, 2012, and is one of seven individuals on the committee, which is made up of one representative from each of the six Division I regions and one member representing Divisions II and III. Among Biggin’s responsibilities as a member of the committee is helping to select the field and creating the bracket for the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships.
Long a fixture on the Kent State's campus, Biggin was recognized during the 2011-12 academic year by former Kent State President Lester A. Lefton with a President's Excellence Award, one of only 10 awards given out each year by Lefton to faculty and staff members that demonstrate exceptional performance in advancing one of the goals of the university's excellence agenda during the previous fiscal year.
Prior to being named Kent State’s head coach, Biggin served as the women’s associate coach for five seasons under Kent State coaching legends Rudy and Janet Bachna. Biggin was Kent State’s first-ever graduate assistant coach for the women’s gymnastics program from 1985-87. He also served as an assistant coach for the Kent State men’s gymnastics team on a part-time basis from 1983-85.
A four-time letterwinner and two-year team captain on Kent State’s men’s gymnastics team from 1980-83, Biggin led the men to a Great Lakes League Championship his senior season.
A native of Howland, Ohio, Biggin graduated from Kent State with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1983. He also is the head coach at Kathi’s Dance and Gym in Youngstown, Ohio. He married the former Jen McGrath, Oct. 22, 2004. They have three children: Austin, Addison and Alexandria.