A Legacy of Her OwnJun 19th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Features
BY ABIGAIL HILL ’12
KATHY (EDMUNDS) BIGLIN ’78 found her way to Wesley Junior College in 1976, leaving her hometown of Linwood, N.J. for the first time. During her time at Wesley, she was actively involved in campus life, participated in various sports, and acquired many lasting friendships.
As a quadruple sport athlete, Biglin clearly stayed busy in her college career, successfully balancing academics and athletics. Coach Joyce Starkey-Perry, who coached field hockey, women’s basketball and tennis at the time, took her under her wing early on. More than just a coach, Starkey-Perry was a mentor to Biglin throughout her time on the Dover campus and she had a lasting influence on her professional life.
“She was my inspirational and motivational role model at Wesley College,” said Biglin. “She taught me how to set and accomplish individual and team goals. I credit Coach for the successful athlete, teacher and coach that I had become.”
Biglin played field hockey at Wesley from 1976–1978. In addition to being a captain, she received honors as 1st Team All-Tournament, 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-American and Team MVP, all in 1977. She also played basketball for two years, earning similar accolades, and she was a member of both the softball and tennis teams for one year.
Her love of sports followed her long beyond her days at Wesley. In addition to being inspired by Starkey-Perry, Biglin cites James Wentworth, the men’s basketball coach and athletic director, as another influential figure at the College. “I learned a great deal from this Wesley legacy,” she said. She had absorbed so much, in fact, that the path to her future was clear. She knew she was well on her way to a career in athletics, instructing and coaching students just like the mentors she had observed.
Biglin graduated from Wesley with an associate degree in health and physical education. She went on to Pfeiffer University in North Carolina for a bachelor’s in the same field, finishing her certification for grades K-12 in 1980 while also playing field hockey and softball. Her field hockey team at Pfeiffer participated in the State Championship and NCAA National Tournament two years in a row.
Packing an impressive resume on the field, Biglin had equally remarkable accomplishments in her career. For 11 years, she taught health and physical education at Lawrence Township Public Schools at both the middle and high school levels. For 10 of those years, she served as varsity head field hockey coach at Lawrence High School, leading her team to countless victories. She was named Coach of the Year by The Trenton Times, The Trentonian, The Lawrence Ledger and The Princeton Packet a total of four times. She also was the middle school girls’ basketball coach and softball coach for eight years each.
In 1992 she became varsity head field hockey coach at Mainland Regional High School where she maintained an impressive record over seven years, led her team to the Cape Atlantic League Championships in 1993 and 1995, and received Atlantic City Press Coach of the Year honors. Then in 2007 she took on another post as varsity head field hockey coach at Holy Spirit High School, again earning a championship record and another Atlantic City Press Coach of the Year title.
Biglin’s passion for sports and dedication to teaching youth were evident in her daily commitments. On top of her demanding teaching and coaching duties at school and raising a family, she stayed involved in her community. She has served as a local softball coach and umpire, the travel basketball coach for the Linwood girls’ team, a recreational basketball league director and official, and camp director for Shore Elite Field Hockey Camp. In recognition of her many achievements, both as a coach and former student-athlete, she was inducted into the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.
These days, Biglin has put coaching on hold and has shifted careers. She is now closer to home, working as CEO of the family business, Edmunds Direct Mail, Inc., in Northfield, N.J. She works closely with her husband of 22 years, Kevin. Their daughter Lindsey followed in her footsteps by attending Wesley, and since she started at the College in 2008, Biglin returns to the campus often. Their other daughter Devon attends Widener University. As parents to two students away at college, the couple enjoys quality time with friends and relishes any time they can spend together as a family, whether it is during college visits, at sporting events, on vacations or at their home in Ocean City, N.J. Not surprisingly, considering her athleticism and active lifestyle, Biglin has taken up golf and bike riding to keep busy.
Shaped by her interscholastic athletic endeavors and the coaches that guided her along the way, Biglin has had the opportunity to pay it forward by being a role model for young athletes during her education career spanning more than 25 years and by contributing to athletic causes. Today she proudly supports the Wesley field hockey team, understanding both the needs facing Division III athletic programs, particularly women’s sports, and the benefits those programs bring to their student-athletes. As a long-time annual donor who has recently joined the Wesley Society, she explained, “I feel it is important to give back to a College program that had a positive impact on my life.”