JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University Head Softball Coach Ali Higgs has announced her resignation. Higgs steps down after three seasons as the Dolphins head coach and eight seasons overall with the program.
“We are sad to see Ali leave us. Her positive attitude and boundless energy will be missed,” Chief Athletics Officer Brad Edwards said. “We wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”
“First I would like to thank John Harrison and the Board of Trustees for giving me this amazing opportunity. I would also like to thank Fred and Debbie Pruitt, Glenn and Anita Ross, President Tim Cost and Athletic Director Brad Edwards for their endless support, not only of the program but of me and my big dreams,” said Higgs.
“I am so thankful for my experiences and all of the amazing people that I have met in my eight years here at JU. A special thank you to my team, the “pod” for allowing me to express myself and my passion for the sport. We have a great group of amazing young women and I am looking forward to watching them grow and continue their careers here at JU. I am excited for the next chapter of my life and looking forward to continuing all of the amazing relationships I have built here.”
In three seasons at the helm of the program, Higgs guided the Dolphins to 81 wins, including back-to-back 30 win campaigns in 2012 and 2013. Under her guidance Jacksonville posted wins over South Carolina, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and North Carolina. The Dolphins had 12 all-conference selections during Higgs’ three-year tenure, including 2013 Atlantic Sun Co-Player of the Year, Sarah Simon.
Higgs spent her first five seasons at JU as top assistant working with pitchers, catchers and outfielders. In her time, she helped lead the team to the A-Sun regular season and tournament titles in 2011 when the Dolphins set a school record with 44 wins, including an 18-2 record in the conference. Under Higgs’ watch during that championship season, Sarah Sigrest captured A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and Tournament MVP honors while posting the seventh lowest ERA in the nation at 1.10.
“I plan to stay here in Jacksonville and continue my passion for the game in the private/community sector,” said Higgs of her future plans. “I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and am planning on sharing my knowledge of the game through private lessons, camps and clinics. My mom, dad, sister, niece and nephew all live here in Jacksonville so I am looking forward to spending more quality time with them.”
A national search for the next JU softball head coach will begin immediately.
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