Former Doane College assistant softball coach Tiffany Higgins is
the new head softball coach for Southeast Community College.
Higgins replaces Pat Lytle, who retired after beginning the
Storm program in 2009 and guiding the team
through its first three seasons.
"I am excited for the opportunity," Higgins said. "I look
forward to continuing to build the SCC softball program. Coach
Lytle has done an amazing job of developing the program. I plan to
continue his legacy. It looks like the team overall is a strong
defensive squad. We have several returning players and a couple of
experienced transfer students who I look to make an immediate
impact, as well as some incoming freshmen who are very
knowledgeable about the game."
Although last year was her first as a coach at the collegiate
level, Higgins has been coaching since she was 14, starting as a
T-ball and coach-pitch coach for several years during the summer.
She also was a coach during several player training camps in which
she volunteered for as a high school and collegiate athlete.
Higgins' philosophy centers on the offense.
"My coaching philosophy is if you hit you play," she said. "Both
offense and defense are important. However, in order to win games,
a team has to be able to produce runs. All of the defense in the
world will not score runs."
Higgins said she plans to have her players polish fundamentals
during fall workouts and scrimmages.
"We will all be getting to know each other, and the focus will
be developing the players into a cohesive unit, as well as
offensive improvement," she said. "Next spring I expect the team to
be just that, a team. We will continue to develop our offensive
play into effective run production. Early in the season we will be
gaining experience, and I expect to peak at just the right
Higgins also works at the YMCA in Beatrice, where she serves as
a personal trainer and fitness instructor.
"I look forward to using my knowledge in these areas to assist
in developing our players' physical abilities," she said.
Higgins is originally from Johnstown, Colo., and graduated from
Roosevelt High School in 2002. She played varsity softball four
years and received numerous honors.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Doane in 2006 after majoring
in physical education with an athletic training emphasis. She
played softball three years for the Tigers, earning All-Great
Plains Athletic Conference Honorable Mention honors. She also was a
co-captain for the Tigers and was named a National Association for
Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Athlete.
Higgins also served Doane as a student athletic trainer, where
she served as secretary and president of the Athletic Trainers
Association. She played semi-professional softball in 2004 and
2005. While at Doane, Higgins also earned a spot on the Dean's List
six out of eight semesters.
She is working on a Master's of Business Administration degree,
with an organizational leadership specialization, from Ashford
University and plans to complete it in 2014.
Higgins lives in Beatrice with her husband John and their three
children, Austin, Serenity and Kaylee.