John Higgins begins his second year as head coach for the Purdue North Central volleyball team, the only coach in the program's intercollegiate history.
The Panthers finished 3-26 in Higgins' first year with a limited schedule and roster. This season will mark the program's first with a full schedule, including conference play and first complete recruiting class.
Higgins has many years of coaching experience at various levels throughout his career. Prior to being named the head coach at PNC, he served as the assistant coach for the Panther club volleyball team in 2006.
Higgins was a volleyball coach at North Judson-San Pierre High School in 2005, where he currently is in his fifth year teaching Industrial Technology at the middle school.
Before accepting his teaching position at North Judson-San Pierre, Higgins was an assistant for the Tri-State University women's volleyball team in 2002. He also has several years of team and individual camp experience, working at Sweet Home High School in Amherst, New york from 1998-2002.
As a player, Higgins was a standout, four-year starter at Tri-State University . He helped lead the team to two NAIA National Tournaments and was named Second Team All-Conference in his senior year. Higgins was named to three All-tournament teams during his career and was Tri-State's team captain in 2002 and co-captain in 2001.
Higgins earned his Bachelor's Degree in CADD Technology from Tri-State in 2003 and his Masters in Technology Education from Ball State University in 2004.
Higgins is currently single and resides in Valparaiso.