Kevin Higgins (American football)

Kevin Higgins (born December 1, 1955) is an American 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.

Kevin Higgins
Current position
TitleAssistant head coach
wide receivers coach
TeamWake Forest
Biographical details
Born (1955-12-01) December 1, 1955 (age 64)
Emerson, New Jersey
Playing career
1973–1976West Chester
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1978Emerson HS (NJ) (assistant)
1979–1980North Warren HS (NJ) (assistant)
1981–1984Gettysburg (assistant)
1985–1987Richmond (assistant)
1988–1993Lehigh (assistant)
2001–2003Detroit Lions (QB)
2004Detroit Lions (WR)
2005–2013The Citadel
2014–presentWake Forest (AHC/WR)
Head coaching record
Tournaments2–3 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
4 Patriot (1995, 1998–2000)
Patriot Coach of the Year (1995, 1998, 2000)
SoCon Coach of the Year (2012)

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 careerEdit

The CitadelEdit

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 recordEdit

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 L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal 12
1999 Lehigh 10–2 5–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 14
2000 Lehigh 12–1 6–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal 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 or championship game berth
  • #Sports Network FCS Poll[5].


  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 Archived 2005-02-21 at the Wayback Machine, 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 Archived 2007-04-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Final I-AA Regular-Season Polls (1978-2005)

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