FARGO, ND – The North Dakota State soccer program and head coach Mike Regan have announced the addition of Chris Higgins to the coaching staff on Monday, May 9.
Higgins, who joins the Bison from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, will serve as an assistant coach and will also work with the goalkeepers, a role he held at Loras, as he helped guide the women’s program to the NCAA Division III Final Four last season.
“We were very fortunate that we had some great candidates for this position, and Chris emerged as the best fit for the program right now,” said Regan. “Chris brings great level of experience at all levels in the game and has proven to develop teams and goalkeepers.”
While in Dubuque, Higgins served as an assistant for men’s and women’s programs for two seasons. He also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Duhawks. Higgins helped guide Loras to a double American Rivers Conference Championship, as both the men’s and women’s programs claimed conference titles in 2021. The women’s program reached the Final Four and the men reached the second round in the 2021 NCAA Championships.
“Chris fits into our belief that winning will be a byproduct of the culture we create, and he is committed to investing in developing that championship culture at NDSU,” added Regan. “Chris aligns with our values and vision, and his personality is a tremendous fit with the rest of the staff. We cannot wait to welcome Chris and his wife Aninah to Fargo and to the Bison family.”
With Loras, the Glasgow, Scotland native oversaw the development of two All-ARC Goalkeepers and an All-American as he was part of the American Rivers Coaching Staff of the Year and NCAA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2021. His goalkeepers combined for 15 shutouts in 24 games as the women’s program went 21-1-2. Duhawks goalkeepers combined for six ARC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
“I am honored to be joining the North Dakota State University soccer staff,” said Higgins. “I am excited to be making the move to Fargo and embracing the Bison culture. The infectious energy of the coaching staff and players made this opportunity so lucrative. I am eager to get working with the players and staff, connecting with the community and doing. my part in making the program the best it can be. “
Prior to joining Loras, Higgins coached Xavier (Cedar Rapids) High School Girls Soccer to an Iowa High School State Championship in 2019. Higgins coached Xavier from 2017 through the spring of 2022. He was named the Mississippi Valley Conference Coach of the Year and Private School Coach of the Year following the championship season.
Before leading Xavier, Higgins was a graduate assistant and recruiting coordinator for the women’s soccer team at Mount Mercy University from 2016-2018, including a year as the acting head coach in 2017.
While in Iowa, Higgins also coached with the Olympic Development Program from 2019 until the Spring of 2022, working as the head coach with the girls’ program. Higgins as obtained his UEFA C Coaching License in 2021 and is a UEFA B Coaching License Candidate in 2022.
Prior to his coaching career, Higgins was an NAIA Academic All-American goalkeeper for Ashford University, where he was also the AII First Team and Goalkeeper of the Year. Higgins helped lead Ashford to the NAIA Final Four in 2013. He would go on to lead the Quad City Eagles to the NPSL Midwest Conference Championship in the summer of 2014.
Higgins graduated from Ashford in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and endorsements in coaching and health. Higgins received a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership in June of 2018.