High School Football

Prep football: Kyle Biggs named coach at Central

Kyle Biggs moves from Fowler to Central to take over the Grizzlies’ football program. His father, Bill Biggs in the background, is going with him.
Kyle Biggs moves from Fowler to Central to take over the Grizzlies’ football program. His father, Bill Biggs in the background, is going with him. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

The coaching fast track in football for Kyle Biggs has landed him in the deepest pool of students in the Central Section – Central High.

Recognized by his peers as a rising star in the fraternity, Biggs scores the Tri-River Athletic Conference job after coaching at Fowler for two years and assisting at Clovis, Buchanan, Central and Bullard for 12.

“I’ve been at Central before and I loved my time there,” he says. “It’s an awesome place to teach and coach and I knew if the job ever opened, and the timing was right, I wanted to make sure I gave it a shot. I didn’t want to regret not applying and wondering what if.”

Fowler went 16-7 under Biggs, including a 4-0 title last season in the West Sequoia League.

Fowler Unified School District Superintendent Eric Cederquist “understood” the difficulty it would be to keep Biggs.

And, certainly, the Redcats and their 700 students were a difficult match for Central and by far the largest enrollment in the section at 4,020.

Sunnyside has 3,107 students and several, such as Bakersfield, Clovis, Madera South and Sanger, are in the upper 2,000-range.

“I think this is a really good fit for Kyle,” said Bullard coach Donnie Arax. “His timing is outstanding; he’s coming into a pretty good situation.”

Biggs replaces Mark Hetherington, who resigned after serving as Central’s interim coach for one season. He had filled in for Justin Garza during his latest treatment for cancer.

Biggs was The Bee’s Player of the Year and a state POY finalist as a section record-setting quarterback (3,557 passing yards, according to historian Bob Barnett) for Yosemite Division champion Clovis in 1997, when the 10th-seeded Cougars swept four playoff games on the road. And he was Central Valley Conference POY for 10-1 Fresno City College in 2000.

All along, the son of longtime local prep assistant Bill Biggs had coaching in his sights. And Pops, as an offensive line assistant, will come to Central with him from Fowler.

Kyle Biggs has been drawing plays since he was 10 years old.

“He grew up on the football field and the game has always come natural to him,” Arax says. “And he’s made a nice progression (up the coaching ladder). It’s nice to see a program get a quality coach right in the area instead of going outside; it makes sense.”

Bullard and Central will open the season Aug. 26 at an undetermined Fresno Unified site.

“That’s going to be fun,” Biggs says. “Donnie taught me a lot. I consider him a mentor.”

Andy Boogaard: 559-441-6400, @beepreps

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