Higgs tabbed to lead alma mater

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2006 graduate excited to restore roar at Exeter

For the last two seasons, Colt Higgs has been honing his skills in the Buffalo School District, then, the opportunity of a lifetime opened up.

"I'd been looking for the right opening," Higgs said. "I didn't know it would be so close to home."

Higgs, a 2006 graduate of Exeter High School jumped at the opportunity to come back to his alma mater.

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At Buffalo, he was the assistant boys basketball coach, assistant softball coach and freshman baseball coach. But Exeter offered him what Buffalo could not -- the top spot.

"I wanted to be a baseball and basketball (head) coach," Higgs said. "Being able to reach both of those goals is exciting."

He takes over a pair of programs in coaching flux. The baseball team's current skipper, Michael Horn, resigned his coaching responsibilities in the middle of his first season to take care of an ailing family member, and basketball coach Brandon Weiss resigned after one season at the helm.

Higgs understands the tradition of both programs, especially in girls basketball.

"I see great potential with both programs, they just needs some coaching stability," Higgs said. "I plan to roll up my selves and go to work. I want people to come to our games and see kids giving maximum effort on the court and diamond."

Higgs said he wants his squads to had a 'never say die' attitude.

Even though being a head coach might cause some to be hesitant about jumping into the flame, Higgs credits College of the Ozarks coaches Becky Vest and George Wilson as being his mentors.

"They were always there to listen and answer questions," Higgs said. "One thing I learned is you have to have a group of players willing to fight for each other."

Higgs wants his baseball teams to be fundamentally sound, especially on defense. In basketball, he will match his style to the talent he has available, but prefers man-to-man and likes to get up and down the court.

Higgs will receive a base pay of $30,000 from Exeter and $7,000 in total stipends to coach the two programs.

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