Skip to main content

It's Official: Kevin Higgins to coach the Citadel

You heard it here first that Higgins was interviewing there, and now it's official - former Lehigh head coach Kevin Higgins will be taking over the head coaching duties at the Citadel.

First of all, congratulations on Kevin Higgins getting this great opportunity at the Citadel to bring their football program back up to the standards of Furman, Georgia Southern, Appalachian St., and Wofford. I have little doubt that the Citadel will have exactly zero regrets about this hiring down the road. There will be a lot of folks up at South Mountain, too, who will be following with interest and rooting for that football program to succeed.

To Citadel fans, you have got a great coach - one who had a transformative effect on the Lehigh program. Here's hoping that he can do the same for the Citadel as well.

For Lehigh, this couldn't be a better opportunity for the Engineers (or other Patriot League schools) to schedule some games with a member of the SoCon. Here's hoping that it can be pulled together soon!

Here's the official releases:
Official Press Release from The Citadel
Statement from Lehigh Athletics

And here are your quotes (including my post from 2 days ago):
[LFN] When Higgins became head coach in 1994, the Patriot League was a football conference which was a wannabe Ivy league. Now, Patriot League schools are regularly recognized in the Sports Network Top 25. Coach Higgins is one of the big reasons why this is the case... Not only did he preside over what could be called a Lehigh dynasty in the late '90s, he brought respect to Lehigh and Patriot League football. Teams who took Higgins' teams lightly during the playoffs more often than not found themselves exiting the playoffs.

Major General John Grinalds, USMC Ret., President of The Citadel: "Kevin Higgins is the right coach at the right time for Citadel football. He understands The Citadel's interest in having a team that will make alumni proud -- not only for the way they play in Johnson Hagood Stadium but also for the way the players conduct themselves as cadet-student- athletes."

"I share the excitement of the team, the Corps and The Citadel family for the leadership that Kevin Higgins will bring to our football program."

Les Robinson, Director of Athletics on the hiring of Kevin Higgins as The Citadel's 23rd head football coach: "I am extremely confident in the man we have hired. It is my opinion he is the best available college head coach in the country. I feel comfortable and great about the person we hired."


Kevin Higgins, on The Citadel: "The Citadel had exactly what I was looking for in its academics, history and football are all a very important part of the institution. Discipline is very important to football success. What greater place to coach at than at a military school where discipline is stressed."


“Kevin and I have remained extremely close since his departure from Lehigh over four years ago,” said current Lehigh head coach Pete Lembo, who succeeded Higgins on the sidelines at Goodman Stadium. “His experience in Detroit was very fulfilling and now he moves on to the next big challenge in his career. I know he is excited to build a strong football program at The Citadel. He and his family will be an outstanding addition to the Charleston community."


Nice statement by Coach Lembo. It's obvious that everyone in the Lehigh family is very happy for him.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nick Shafnisky Is Pushing Hard to Get To Play at the Next Level in Football

"Don't take anything for granted, just keep pushing."
Those are the words of QB Nick Shafnisky, told to The Whitehall-Coplay Press all the way back in 2013, about his preparation as a high school athlete.
And they seem to summarize the Whitehall, PA native perfectly, then as now.
Dubbed the "Male Athlete of the Year" by that publication, the article goes on about Shaf's many exploits at Whitehall high school - leading the Zephyr football team to a co-Lehigh Valley Conference title, becoming the first player ever in that conference to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards, and earning the league's co-MVP award as well.
He also was a member of the Zephyrs playoff basketball team, and for good measure also helped set a record for the 4x100 relay team as well.
At Whitehall, and at Lehigh, coaches pushed him, but it was his own hard work that helped make him the best athlete he could be.
This weekend, Shaf, like every eligible college football player, will be …

#TheRivalry Flashback: November 21st, 1987: Lehigh 17, Lafayette 10

Since becoming an undergrad at Lehigh back in the late 1980s, I first heard about the historic nature of the football team and "The Rivalry" through the stories that fellow students would share.

I did not attend the final meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette at Taylor Stadium, which was the final time a football game would be played there.

Those that did attend said that was that it was cold.

"I remember it being one of the coldest games ever," Mark Redmann recollected, "with strong Northwesterly winds and the temperature hovering around 20.  By the end of the game, the stands were half empty because most of the fans just couldn't take the cold.

"Fortunately, several of my fraternity brothers snuck in flasks to help fend off the chill."

Dominick Bragalone Goes Into Monster Mode As Lehigh Is One Win Away From Title

It has been a most unusual season for Lehigh.

Starting the year off at 0-5 and getting swept in their out-of-conference schedule, the Mountain Hawks were in danger of having their season go off the rails.

But two things have come together over the last five football games that have put Lehigh on the brink of back-to-back championships.

The first is the late blooming of the Lehigh defense, which kept battling every week since the low point of the September 30th loss to Wagner to do the job in four of their five Patriot League conference games. 

The second is the development of junior RB Dominick Bragalone into a bellcow running back, a back who has to be in the conversation for Patriot League offensive player of the year.

In five Patriot League games, Bragalone has run for 863 yards in 5 games, rushing for 11 touchdowns and adding two more receiving touchdowns as well. 

The South Williamsport, PA native certainly wasn't unknown before this week - after all, as a freshman and a sop…