Gilbert Wiggins enters his fifth season with Shaw University football program. He served as the Assistant Head Coach and Linebackers Coach during the 2017 season and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach in 2018.
During the 2019 season, Wiggins helped the Bears to a program best since 2013 with a 6-4 overall record and 5-2 mark in conference play and now three Raleigh Classic trophies. Three defensive players (Jaleel Scroggins, Kevin Sherman and Dast Sturkie) received All-CIAA accolades while two players (Da'Shawn Wallace and Akeythio Carson) garnered recognition on the CIAA All-Rookie Team. Shaw's defense ranked fifth in interceptions this past season.
In 2018, Wiggins was instrumental in the Bears going 5-5 on the year, 4-2 mark in conference action. Wiggins was responsible for Shaw’s defense that ranked fifth in the league anchored by the 2018 CIAA Defensive Player of the Year in Devon Hunt at the linebacker position. Additionally, defensive back Jaleel Scroggins earned honorable mention honors.
In 2017, Wiggins had two players in Hunt and Scroggins earn CIAA All-Conference First Team. In 2016, Wiggins helped the Bears to a victory over Saint Augustine’s in the first annual Raleigh Classic while also responsible for two athletes earning All-CIAA recognition in Hunt who was named CIAA Defensive Rookie of the Year and First Team All-CIAA. Keelan Jones also joined Hunt on First Team All-CIAA honors.
Wiggins comes to Shaw University from Green Hope High School where he help guide the Falcons to a conference championship and three straight appearances in the playoffs. Wiggins served all three years as the defensive coordinator.
Prior to that he spent his second season coaching stint at North Carolina Central University, where he coached outside linebackers and served as the defensive coordinator from 2008-2011.
In 2007 Wiggins was defensive back coach at NCCU, then was Outside Linebacker coach 2008-2011. He was promoted to Defensive Coordinator in 2010-11. He was Defensive Coordinator at NCCU 2001-2003. His defense was #1 in total defensive stats in the NCAA Division II. He was named NCAA Defensive Coordinator of the year by Football Monthly magazine for the second time.
After NCCU, Wiggins served as defensive backs coach at Winston Salem State University in 2003, then as defensive coordinator at Virginia Union University in 2004.
During his 2005-2006 campaigns, Wiggins was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Livingstone College for his second stint. He had previously spent eight years as a member of the Blue Bears coaching staff from 1993-2000, including four seasons as defensive coordinator (1997-2000).
In 1997, he was awarded the NCAA Defensive Coordinator of the Year Award for the first time in his career after helping lead the Blue Bears to two CIAA Football Championships.
Wiggins was a four-year letterman at Elizabeth City State University, starting three years as a defensive back (1976-79).