October 26, 2010

Higgins Tabbed New Trinity Head Coach

from press release

HARTFORD, Conn. – Trinity College is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Higgins (Weston, Mass.) as its new head men's lacrosse coach. Most recently the head coach at Thayer Academy in Massachusetts, Higgins was also the defensive coordinator for five years at Tufts University and an All-American player Hobart College. Higgins replaces James Finlay, who coached the Bantams for five years before moving on to Harvard as its defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

"It is my pleasure to announce that Michael Higgins has been hired as the next head men's lacrosse coach at Trinity College," says Trinity Athletic Director Michael Renwick. "Michael has had championship experience as a player at Hobart and as a coach in the recent success at Tufts. More importantly, Coach Higgins has a passion for teaching and developing the overall student-athlete through the sport of lacrosse. He accomplishes this through a work ethic that professes the importance of academics, values, discipline and respect. He will be a great addition to our faculty, our department and the campus community."

Higgins was the defensive coordinator at Tufts in 2003 and from 2005 to 2008, where he coached nine All-NESCAC selections and two All-Americans. He helped guide the Jumbos to a 54-26 record in his five seasons and to the NCAA Division III Championship Second Round in 2007. Higgins also has head coaching experience at Concord Academy in Massachusetts and Lick Wilmerding Academy in San Francisco. He has been the director of operations for the Catz Sports Performance Center since 2007.

"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to coach at such an outstanding College," says Higgins. "It is has always been a dream of mine to get back to the NESCAC, and I am excited to work with Trinity's fine student-athletes."

Higgins graduated from Hobart College in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in American Studies and a minor in economics, and holds a master's degree from the University of San Francisco in sports management. He was a member of three NCAA Division III National Champion squads at Hobart (1990, 1991, 1993), and was a team captain and an All-American defender for the Statesmen.

The Trinity College men's lacrosse squad posted a 9-7 record last spring and a 2-7 mark in the NESCAC, and the Bantams have qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament in four of the last seven seasons. Trinity was ranked among the top 10 teams in the region in 2007 and 2009 and ranked nationally in 2009.

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