Higgins steps down as softball coach
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
Jun 29, 2004 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Just months after guiding Trigg County to their first-ever winning season in girls’ fast pitch softball, Head Coach Curtis Higgins has resigned.

Higgins, who also serves as head football coach and assistant athletic director, coached the Lady Wildcats for three years, compiling a 29-46 record.

"It was time," Higgins said. "I’ve got a lot of things going on, and need to concentrate on being the head football coach year-round."

Higgins took over a program in 2002 that had won a total of 22 games in the seven previous fast pitch seasons.

"I felt like the program needed a new direction, and I feel I’ve helped give it that," he said.

The first year was rough, as the Lady Wildcats had to endure a 12-game losing streak midway through the season. However, Trigg County came back in the district tournament to beat Crittenden County, a team that had handed them a pair of ten-run defeats earlier in the season.

Fans got a glimpse of future things to come when Trigg County battled eventual Second Region champion Caldwell County to the end before losing 8-4.

In 2003, Trigg County started just 6-13 but won five of their last seven games to finish the season 11-15.

The Lady Wildcats set several individual and team records this past season, finishing with a record of 14-9, the program’s first winning season since the switch to fast pitch softball was made.

The season also saw the Lady Wildcats advance to the championship game of the All-A region tournament and defeat Livingston Central and Hopkinsville in fast pitch play for the first time.

Trigg County also had two seniors sign to play college softball at St. Catharine’s College next year, marking the first time in eight years the Lady Wildcats have had a player advance to the next level.

One of those players is his daughter Lea, a two-time All-District player.

"We’re sorry to be losing Curtis, but we kind of knew his time frame when he was hired. He put the softball program back on the map, and is leaving the program in good shape," TCHS Athletic Director Taylor Sparks said.

Trigg County lost three starters from last year’s team and has a solid nucleus returning, including the junior varsity team that finished with an 8-5-1 record.

Sparks said the head coaching position may not be filled until after the school year begins so that he can evaluate any new teachers that are hired into the system.
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