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Tom Higgins
Date of birth: (1954-07-13) July 13, 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth: Woodbridge, New Jersey
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Import
Position(s): LB
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
College: North Carolina State
High school: Colonia
Organizations
 As administrator:
19941996
19972001
20012004
2008–Present
Edmonton Eskimos (Asst. GM)
Edmonton Eskimos (GM/COO)
Edmonton Eskimos (GM)
CFL Director of Officiating
 As coach:
1982–1984
19851987
1988
19891990
19911992
1993
20012004
20052007
University of Calgary (HC)
Calgary Stampeders (DL coach)
Calgary Stampeders (OL coach)
Calgary Stampeders (OC)
Calgary Stampeders (DL coach)
Calgary Stampeders (Asst. HC)
Edmonton Eskimos (HC)
Calgary Stampeders (HC)
 As player:
19761978
1979
1980
Calgary Stampeders
Buffalo Bills
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion 2003)
Awards: 2003 Annis Stukus Trophy
2005 Annis Stukus Trophy
Playing stats at NFL.com

Thomas Joseph John Higgins Jr. (born July 13, 1954 in Colonia, New Jersey) is the Director of Officiating for the Canadian Football League and a former Canadian and American football player and coach.

Early yearsEdit

Higgins, the son of a former Philadelphia Eagles tackle, Tom Higgins, Sr., was a high school football standout at Colonia High School in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey.[1] He played linebacker at North Carolina State University. He was an All-American and was a starter in four consecutive bowl games. He was also an All-American wrestler at NC State.

Professional playing careerEdit

After graduating from college in 1976, Higgins attempted to enter the National Football League, but was not selected in the 1976 NFL Draft. He instead played in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders for three years. In 1979, Higgins was signed by the Buffalo Bills and played one year in the United States, before returning to Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Higgins began coaching at the University of Calgary, winning the 1983 CIS title in the second of his three years as head coach. In 1985, Higgins joined the Stampeders coaching staff, serving in many different capacities until becoming a head coach in 2001.

Higgins became head coach of the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos that year, leading the team to the playoffs in each of his fourth season. In 2002 and 2003, he won division titles, and he won a single Grey Cup as a head coach, with the Eskimos in 2003.

In 2005 he returned to the Calgary Stampeders as head coach. He held this position for three years, making the playoffs in each, but with the team's record also declining each season. He was fired after a first round loss during the 2007 playoffs. Higgins is currently Head of Officiating in the CFL.

CFL coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
EDM2001 990.5001st in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Finals
EDM2002 1350.7221st in West Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
EDM2003 1350.7221st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM2004 990.5002nd in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
CGY2005 1170.6112nd in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
CGY2006 1080.5562nd in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
CGY2007 7101.4173rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
Total 72531.5713 Division
Championship
36 1 Grey Cup

PersonalEdit

He has a wife and three children, one of whom is also named Thomas. His two others named Holly and Hilary. His brother, Dan Higgins, played football at North Carolina State, as well. He is currently the head football coach at Piscataway High School in New Jersey. Tom and Dan's father, Tom Higgins, played in the NFL for the Chicago Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. Tom Sr. was a legendary coach at Piscataway High School prior to his son, Dan, coaching there. Tom Sr. resides in Piscataway with his wife, Sedora.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tom Higgins, database Football. Accessed November 14, 2007.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Matt Dunigan
Calgary Stampeders Head Coaches
2005–2007
Succeeded by
John Hufnagel
Preceded by
Don Matthews
Edmonton Eskimos Head Coaches
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Danny Maciocia
Awards
Preceded by
Don Matthews
Grey Cup winning Head Coach
91st Grey Cup, 2003
Succeeded by
Pinball Clemons
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