FRIDAY, AUGUST 04, 2006
Softball names Alison Higgs as assistant coach

July 27, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University announced the hiring of Alison Higgs as assistant softball coach, first-year head coach Amanda Lehotak on Thursday. Higgs joins the Dolphins staff after spending 2005 as a pitching coach for the Torrens Valley Redsox of the South Australia Softball Association in Adelaide, Australia.

Higgs, who played for the Redsox's Team A, coached the grade B, C and 19-under pitching staffs in Sept. 2005. She was responsible for daily pitching work-outs and overall pitching instruction, while also calling and charting pitches during competitions. She coordinated the overall instruction and development of all athletes both offensively and defensively. Higgs also directed multiple Club clinics, while organizing private and team pitching lessons several times a week.

"Ali is a great addition to our coaching staff," said Lehotak, who was promoted to head coach on June 30. "Ali's passion and experience for the game will make her a great asset to our team."

"I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Lehotak and be a part of the JU program," Higgs said. "I believe we will form a very knowledgeable and vibrant coaching staff, which will work hard to bring a competitive team to the Atlantic Sun Conference."

While coaching with Torrens Valley, Higgs also was a co-head coach in the physical education department at Saint Peters Collegiate Girls School in Adelaide, Australia. She was responsible for all daily coaching duties as lead instructor for the middle school softball and elementary tee-ball teams. She also helped organized team travel and roster requirements with local competition.

Higgs began sharing her softball knowledge as a camp instructor at the Ripken Baseball Academy in Aberdeen, Md. during the summer of 2005. She was responsible for leading and assisting softball instruction in all facets of the game. Higgs mentored pitchers of all ages, while also helping organized the daily camp agenda for the areas of instruction to be covered.

In her collegiate career, Higgs was a four-year letterwinner at Iona College from 2002-2005 as a pitcher. She finished her career in the top 10 in every offensive category and in the top five of every pitching category. Higgs is the all-time leader in at-bats (522) and hits (164), while ranking second in home runs with 17. In the circle, she holds the program record for appearances (95), victories (51), ERA (1.34), strikeouts (512) and shutouts (13). Higgs was also named two-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Northeast Region First Team and earned 2004 MAAC Player of the Year accolades.

For her outstanding collegiate career, she earned a professional contact with the New York Juggernaut of the National Professional Fast pitch league in 2005. In her first appearance, she fanned two-time gold medalist, Amanda Freed, to secure her first professional victory. In 2006, she signed with the Philadelphia Force, but hasn't seen any action this year due to injury.

Higgs graduated cum laude from Iona in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and will be working on her master's degree at Jacksonville University this fall.