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Al Biancalana, the former Interim Head Coach and top Assistant Coach at Bradley University, enters his fourth season on Head Coach Howard Moore's staff at UIC, and his third campaign as the Associate Head Coach.
Biancalana is no stranger to the bench, having spent more than 20 years as a coach throughout Illinois and California, including 17 years as a high school head coach. As a high school mentor, Biancalana's overall record was an impressive 313-171 (.647 winning percentage), including a 33-16 record in the state tournament.
Before joining Moore's staff, Biancalana served as the Head Basketball Coach at York High School in suburban Elmhurst, Ill. In five seasons at the helm, his teams posted a record of 90-51 and a winning percentage of .638, which ranks as the second highest in school history. He guided the Dukes to four-straight Illinois High School Athletic Association (IHSA) regional championship appearances, and in 2005-06, Biancalana led the school to its first West Suburban Conference Championship in 38 seasons.
Prior to his stint at York, where he also served as the school's College and Career Advisor, Biancalana worked for six seasons as the first assistant and Interim Head Coach at Bradley University from 1999-2005. It was there that he formed a relationship with Howard Moore who was on the staff from 1999-2003. Biancalana served as the program's main recruiter and was responsible for bringing in the majority of the roster from the Braves' 2006 "Sweet 16" run. The last two players from the Missouri Valley Conference to be drafted in the NBA, Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers) and Patrick O'Bryant (Golden State Warriors), were recruited by Biancalana. In the six years with Biancalana on BU's staff, 27-of-30 seniors graduated.
Biancalana has also served as a head coach at Stagg High School (1995-99) in Palos Hills, Ill., Downers Grove North High School (1993-95), Clovis High School (1989-93) in Clovis, Calif., and Washington Union High School (1987-89) in Fresno, Calif. In 1988, while at Washington Union, Biancalana was named California Coach of the Year and led his squad to a Division IV State Championship. Over a two-year stretch, Washington Union won 36-consecutive games with Biancalana at the helm.
Biancalana received his bachelor's degree in education from Elmhurst College in 1982 and a master's degree in educational administration from National University in Fresno in 1993.
Biancalana and his wife, Laura, have three children: A.J., Jack and Audrey.