Darin Higgins has accepted an offer to become Mountain Home High’s football coach for the 2015 season, the school announced Tuesday. His hire is still pending school board approval.
Higgins comes to Mountain Home from Liberty Ranch High near Sacramento, California, where he led the school to an 11-10 record in two years as its head coach, including a sectional playoff appearance in his first year. He also served as an assistant the previous seven years at three other California high schools. From 2000-03, he was the wide receivers coach at the University of Southern Mississippi. And in college, he was a two-time All-Big West and a preseason all-American tight end at Nevada, where he played from 1995-99.
“Coach Higgins is going to play an integral role in helping build the culture and vision that we are working to construct for our athletic department at Mountain Home High School,” Mountain Home Athletic Director Mark Cotton said in a release. “He brings a wealth of experience through his years as a Division I college player and coach. He is also bringing a winning pedigree from his time as a high school football coach in California. Mountain Home High School is looking forward to building a football program that is a competitive force in the 4A SIC.”
Higgins takes over a struggling Mountain Home program. The Tigers went 1-8 last season and 0-5 in the 4A SIC. The school, which is 2-25 the past three seasons, and former coach Aaron Rodney parted ways before the end of the season. Offensive coordinator Tyrone Hutchings led the team the final two weeks.