Wiggins named head coach at Fresno State

Updated: April 7, 2006, 8:09 PM ET
Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. -- Adrian Wiggins was named head coach of the women's basketball team at California State University, Fresno, after the previous coach was fired last year for improperly obtaining pain medication from students.

Wiggins has served as the team's interim coach for more than a year and is "very honored, very proud to be a part of the school," he said Friday.

Wiggins, 32, led the Bulldogs, part of the Western Athletic Conference, to a 24-8 season this school year.

Wiggins began at Fresno State as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team in 2002. Before that, he worked as a basketball coach at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. He graduated from Cameron with a psychology degree in 1995.

Wiggins replaces Johnson-Klein, who was fired in March 2005 after a university investigation found she obtained a half-full bottle of Vicodin from one of her players and admitted to using one of the pills.

Johnson-Klein is suing the university, claiming the investigation was launched only after she had complained about gender discrimination, sexual harassment and Title IX violations at the school.

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