Xavier's Chris Higgins has passion for soccer

HS journalism: First-year coach ready to restore success

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CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s a new season, and a new coach, for the Cedar Rapids Xavier girls’ soccer team.

Chris Higgins began coaching in the spring of 2015 at DeWitt Central High School, during his senior year of college.

“I always had a passion and interest in the coaching side of the sport and with my playing career winding down I took advantage of getting professional coaching licenses to help with the transition from playing to coaching,” Higgins said.

Higgins has played soccer for 25 years at various levels. At the age of 21, he moved to the United States from Scotland. He now the assistant women’s soccer coach at Mount Mercy University.

The transition of a new season and having a new coach will be different for the Saints players.

“The quicker we can get used to this transition and learn to adapt to all these variables, I feel we can start building for success,” Higgins said.

Higgins is going to bring a new face and new opportunities to Xavier.

“The appetite they have shown to get started and strive for success individually and collectively is something that a coach can only wish for when stepping into a new environment,” Higgins said.

Even though he is a new coach, he is ready to dive into the new season alongside the girls.

“I would just like everyone in the Xavier community to know how passionate I am about this sport,” he said. “I truly am a soccer fanatic in every sense of the word and I will do my utmost to bring successful times back to the Xavier High School girls’ soccer program.”

Higgins is not alone in his excitement for the upcoming season.

“Seeing what this new coach has in store for our team, along with getting to experience a new, positive mind set is exciting,” sophomore Avery Campbell said. “I’m looking forward to having a fresh start and being successful.”

The Saints kick off the 2017 season on Tuesday at Waterloo West.

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