"If playing basketball was bad, then he was bad, because that's all he ever did" said his stepfather. Wiegand was a center on the Mastbaum teams in the mid-1960's and was a Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper scholar athlete in 1966. He graduated in 1967 and enrolled at Temple University, where he played on the feshman basketball team. He took off a semester following a bad ankle sprain between his freshman and sophomore years, thinking that at 6' 7" he was too tall to be drafted. Military doctors thought otherwise and approved him for the draft in May 1959 after they measured him at 6' 6-1/4". He was sent to Vietnam in April 1970 and was a squad leader in Company A of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade. The 21 year old sergeant died on August 21, 1970. In addition to his stepfather, he was survived by his mother.