Mr. Bigham's family
The Bighams
John Bigham
Hello, my wife Lisa and I have three children,
Kellie is a graduate of Mankato West, Minnesota State University Mankato and St. Thomas School of Law.  Kellie is a Family Law Attorney for her Horizons Family Law Firm. Kellie and her husband Jayme Pantekoek have two daughters, Skeie and Rainy. 
Katie graduated from Mankato West, the University of Minnesota with a French degree and St. Scholastica graduate school in St. Paul with masters in teaching. Katie teaches second grade in her sixth year at Richard R Green Central Park School in Minneapolis where she resides with her husband Michael Trembley. 
Billy is  a graduate of Holy Family High School (Victoria Mn) and a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a double major in Russian and History. This year Billy is in his first year at The University of Minnesota Law School.
Lisa is a State Aid Engineer (civil engineer) for MnDot here in Mankato
as well as a sailboarder/kayaker/mt biker/long boarder/yoga-er.

I am in my 33rd year of teaching and my 30th year of teaching mathematics here at Mankato East High School.

Mission Statement: As a teacher here at Mankato East High School, I will join in partnership with students, parents, and our community, striving to prepare today's students for tomorrow's challenges. We seek to develop strong academic skills, to encourage students to become lifelong learners who are tolerant, responsible, productive citizens.

As a coach, I provided a fun, safe, effective practices while teaching sound hockey skills on the team and individual levels. All athletes I coach will have opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be successful as a team. I do not see the win and loss record or individual playing time as the only indicators of success. I see the importance in helping to develop responsible, supportive, team players, who will be good citizens and contribute positively to society. My teaching background: After student teaching under Dennis Erickson (fantastic mentor) at Mankato East High School and graduating from Mankato State University in 1986 I was hired to teach Algebra and applied math courses at St. Peter High School in 1986. While at St. Peter I was the head varsity boy’s hockey coach, ninth grade football coach and shot and disk coach for the boys and girls track programs. In 1990 I accepted a teaching and head boys hockey as well as the ninth grade baseball coaching jobs here at East High School. My hockey playing background: Youth hockey with MARC and MAHA High School, for the first Mankato High School hockey team in 1976-77 (Coach - Ellsworth Willard) St. Paul Vulcan's Jr. A Team of the USHL 1977-78 (Coach - Jack McCartin, Doug Woog, St. Paul Vulcans (now the Tri-City Storm) that season we won the Anderson Cup Championship as well as the Labatt's Cup in Winnipeg Canada, University of Minnesota Varsity Reserve Team 1978-79, captain (Coaches - Herb Brooks, Brad Buetow, Mike Foley, John Perpich) My hockey coaching background Years of volunteer coaching for MAHA mites-bantams (late 70's). One season for the West Side St. Paul Bantam team (early 80's). J.V. coach with the Mankato Knights in mid 80's (Head coach - Paul Ostoff) Head Coach for the St. Peter Saints High School team (86-88) Assistant coach for first year St. Peter/Lesueur High team (Head Coach - Dave Swanberg 88/89) Assistant coach with the Mankato Knights (Head Coach - Paul Ostoff 89/90) Head Coach of first Mankato East Boys team (90-93) Head Coach of first Mankato East Girls team (96-98, Big Nine Champs 1998) Assistant Coach with Gustavus Adolphus College Women's team (Head Coach - Mike Carroll 99-02) MIAC Champs, Division 3 national second place team in 00-01 MIAC Conference Champs and Third Place team in the 01-02 NCAA Division 3 tournament. Head Coach Mankato East Girls team (02/03 season - 04/05 season after which I resigned as the head coach to rejoin the volunteer coaching ranks of MAHA as my son Billy moves up through the program). Assistant Coach MAHA Squirt A Team 05/06. Assistant Coach MAHA Bantam A Team 08/09. Head Coach for HDT (Hockey Development Training) camp I ran in off season with Tom Peterson HDT, 2005-2008). Coach for "Brad Buetow's School of hockey" summer camps in Colorado Springs Co (last time was July 06) Farmington Mn, and Rosemount Mn (89-96, 03) Level 4 coach for USA hockey (August 24-27, 2007, Bismarck North Dakota) My other coaching experiences Youth girls softball coach for summer team Football coach for freshman at St. Peter High School Shot and Disk coach for boy's and girl's varsity track at St. Peter Baseball coach for freshman team at East Jr High baseball coach Spring 2006-Present. Strength coach for West High School Hockey (lifting, wall climbing/plyos/off ice) 2009-present. My Education, Graduate of Mankato West High School (1977) Graduate of Mankato State University B.S. Mathematics, minor in coaching/phy ed (1986), License #304584. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 207-3696, or E-mail me at

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