Kevin Higgins (American football)

Kevin Higgins (American football)

Kevin Higgins
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Assistant head coach
Wide receivers coach
Team Wake Forest
Conference ACC
Biographical details
Born (1955-12-01) December 1, 1955
Emerson, New Jersey
Playing career
1973–1976 West Chester
Position(s) Safety
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1978
1979–1980
1981–1984
1985–1987
1988–1993
1994–2000
2001–2003
2004
2005–2013
2014–present
Emerson HS (NJ) (assistant)
North Warren HS (NJ) (assistant)
Gettysburg (assistant)
Richmond (assistant)
Lehigh (assistant)
Lehigh
Detroit Lions (QB)
Detroit Lions (WR)
The Citadel
Wake Forest (AHC/WR)
Head coaching record
Overall 99–83–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
4 Patriot (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000)
Awards
3× Patriot Coach of the Year (1995, 1998, 2000)
SoCon Coach of the Year (2012)

Kevin Higgins (born December 1, 1955) is an American college football coach. On December 16, 2013, he resigned his position as head football coach at The Citadel to accept an assistant head coach position at Wake Forest.[1] He held The Citadel position from 2005 through 2013. Prior to his position with The Citadel, Higgins was head football coach at Lehigh University from 1994 through 2000.

A native of Emerson, New Jersey, he played football at Emerson Jr./Sr. High School, and coached at his alma mater from 1977 to 1978.[2]

Prior to receiving the head coaching position at Lehigh, Higgins held assistant coaching positions at Gettysburg and Richmond. During the interim between Lehigh and The Citadel, Higgins served as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

Coaching career

The Citadel

Following a 7–4 campaign that featured wins over SoCon tri-champs Georgia Southern and Appalachian State, Higgins was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year.[3] Higgins placed two former Bulldogs in the NFL, WR Andre Roberts and CB Cortez Allen of the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively.

Head Coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN[4]#
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (Patriot League) (1994–2000)
1994 Lehigh 5–5–1 3–2 T–2nd
1995 Lehigh 8–3 5–0 1st
1996 Lehigh 5–6 3–2 T–2nd
1997 Lehigh 4–7 2–4 T–4th
1998 Lehigh 12–1 6–0 1st 12
1999 Lehigh 10–2 5–1 T–1st 14
2000 Lehigh 12–1 6–0 1st 8
Lehigh: 56–25–1 30–9
The Citadel Bulldogs (Southern Conference) (2005–2013)
2005 The Citadel 4–7 2–5 7th
2006 The Citadel 5–6 4–3 4th
2007 The Citadel 7–4 4–3 T-3rd
2008 The Citadel 4–8 2–6 7th
2009 The Citadel 4–7 2–6 7th
2010 The Citadel 3–8 1–7 T-8th
2011 The Citadel 4–7 2–6 8th
2012 The Citadel 7–4 5–3 T-4th
2013 The Citadel 5–7 4–4 T-4th
The Citadel: 43–58 26–43
Total: 99–83–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Sports Network FCS Poll[5].

FCS Playoffs

Kevin Higgins' Record in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Playoffs:
Year Home Away Location
1998 Richmond 23 Lehigh 24 Richmond Stadium, Richmond, VA
1998 UMass 27 Lehigh 21 Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MA
1999 Hofstra 27 Lehigh 15 James M. Shuart Stadium, Hempstead, NY
2000 Western Illinois 7 Lehigh 37 Hanson Field, Macomb, IL
2000 Delaware 47 Lehigh 22 Delaware Stadium, Newark, DE
Current series: 2–3

Rivalry games

Kevin Higgins' Record in The Military Classic of the South (The Citadel vs. VMI):
Year Home Away Location
2005 VMI 14 The Citadel 22 Alumni Memorial Stadium, Lexington, VA
2006 The Citadel 48 VMI 21 Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
2007 VMI 28 The Citadel 70 Alumni Memorial Stadium, Lexington, VA
2011 The Citadel 41 VMI 14 Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
2012 VMI 24 The Citadel 27 Alumni Memorial Field, Lexington, VA
2013 The Citadel 31 VMI 10 Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
Current series: 6–0
Kevin Higgins' Record in The Rivalry (Lehigh-Lafayette):
Year Home Away Location
1994 Lafayette 54 Lehigh 20 Fisher Field, Easton, PA
1995 Lehigh 37 Lafayette 30 Goodman Stadium, Bethlehem, PA
1996 Lafayette 19 Lehigh 23 Fisher Field, Easton, PA
1997 Lehigh 43 Lafayette 31 Goodman Stadium, Bethlehem, PA
1998 Lafayette 7 Lehigh 31 Fisher Field, Easton, PA
1999 Lehigh 14 Lafayette 12 Goodman Stadium, Bethlehem, PA
2000 Lafayette 17 Lehigh 31 Fisher Field, Easton, PA
Current series: 6–1

References

  1. ^ Jeff Higgins (December 16, 2013). "Citadel football coach Kevin Higgins to take assistant's job at Wake Forest". Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kevin Higgins, Detroit Lions. Accessed February 20, 2008. "He was also the head basketball coach and assistant football coach at Emerson (N.J.) High School from 1977-78. A native of Emerson, N.J., Higgins attended Emerson High School where he was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams during his senior year."
  3. ^ "The Citadel’s Kevin Higgins named SoCon coach of the year; 7 Bulldogs honored". Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). November 21, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Final poll standings are from The Sports Network.
  5. ^ I-AA.org Final I-AA Regular-Season Polls (1978-2005)

External links

  • Wake Forest profile