"Michael was a great leader and one of the hardest working players we have ever had," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "My expectation is that those same character traits will rub off on this group of players and that his leadership and guidance will help our players understand what it takes to truly be successful." Biggs, who is also in his fourth season as the youth soccer coach for Vestavia Hills Soccer Club, is expected to be an on-field coach, handle administrative duties, as well as play a role in almost every major aspect of the program except off-campus recruiting.
Biggs certainly has the expertise and experience to make an impact. He was a four-year letterwinner (2003-06) and was voted by his teammates as captain as a senior.
Biggs, who graduated from UAB in 2007 with a degree in mathematics, played in 65 games during his four-year career. He scored two goals as a defender and also tallied an assist.
Behind Biggs' leadership, the Blazers earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and hosted the first round contest against Gardner-Webb. He also led the Blazers to their last C-USA Championship game appearance (2004), as well as a win over then-No. 1 SMU (Oct. 25, 2006), who entered the game as the only unbeaten team in the country.
Biggs is one of only a handful of players to earn the Coaches Award twice, which is given by the coaching staff at the end of the season to the player who demonstrates the best attitude and work ethic. He garnered the recognition individually in 2005 and as part of the entire senior class in 2006.
Biggs, who was born and raised in Birmingham, attends graduate school at UAB, and is concentrating on a masters in business administration.