It wasn’t the exhilarating game his Huskies played against cross-town rival Fenwick last week that persuaded Bob Biggins to retire as OPRF’s head girls basketball coach at season’s end. The decision had already been made way before the Huskies fell to the Friars 101-91 in overtime.

Biggins, who has skippered the program for the last six years, simply chose to discreetly slip in the fact that he won’t be back next season after the big game. He’s been coaching in the program for 15 years.

“I’m very pleased with the talent in our program at the lower levels,” he said. “The next few incoming classes I believe will help take the Huskies onward and upward.”

Biggins said he won’t be involved in finding his replacement, but said he hopes OPRF Athletics Director John Stelzer considers current assistant coach J.P. Coughlin for the position. “It wouldn’t be proper for me to conjecture — everyone knows how I feel about J.P. — I think he’s the right choice; however, that is not in my hands.”

Coughlin has been an assistant coach under Biggins for all six seasons, and had nothing but good things to say about his mentor and good friend.  

“[Bob’s] work ethic and enthusiasm towards female athletes is second to none,” said Coughlin. “The sense of empowerment the athletes feel after playing for him is what I will always remember.”

Biggins coached the Huskies to a share of the West Suburban (Silver) Conference title last season. The team is currently 2-9 overall and 2-2 in the conference.  

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...

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