Coach Higley notches 200th win

Coach Higley notches 200th win

Coach Bill Higley cleared the 200-win mark April 17, with the BBC Lady Defenders softball team defeating Notre Dame University of Maryland.

Four games after winning his 199th, Coach Higley hit the milestone with a 15-14 win in the first end of a doubleheader. The victory came in dramatic fashion, with BBC scoring eight runs in the third inning to tie the score at 13-13. The Lady Defenders added two runs in the bottom of the fourth, including the eventual game-winning run driven in by a single from junior Erica Thomson.

BBC&S"This is a team and program accomplishment," Coach Higley said. "It was accomplished by a total of 90 current and former players over 13 years and the help and wisdom of several assistant coaches over the years."

"One person who deserves more credit than she gets is my wife, Susan, known as 'Mrs. Coach' to all our players. She has been there to see just about every one of those wins, has always been a great supporter of our team, and she is a wonderful friend and role model to the ladies who play for us."

A 1984 graduate of BBC, Coach Higley returned to campus in 2001 as a professor. He began his coaching career the following spring with the newly developed, three-year-old softball program. His 2005 team posted a 22-14 record; in 2006, the team won its conference championship. In 2010, the Colonial States Athletic Conference named him its Coach of the Year.

"Our goals each year are to win on the field, win with God, win with each other, and win in the testimony we are attempting to be to those we play against and who watch us," he said. "This particular accomplishment speaks to the credibility of those goals and allows us to represent God well in our play, in our attitudes and conduct, and in how we interact with those we play against."

"The biggest 'win' is the opportunity to build into the lives of all those 90 players, to see how God is working in them and through them, and that the game of softball and the relationships we develop because of it, are simply a means God gives us to accomplish His purposes in us."

Off the field, Coach Higley serves as Dean of the School of Global Ministries, a supervisor over several academic programs, a participant on several faculty committees, and as an overseer at Parker Hill Community Church, which has three campuses in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.

BBC&S"We celebrate the 200th win for Coach Bill Higley by our BBC Lady Defenders softball team," said BBC&S President Jim Jeffery. "Dr. Higley is not only an outstanding coach, but he is also a mentor and teacher. We are grateful for his influence on our campus, on the softball diamond, and in the classroom."

A resident of South Abington Township, Coach Higley and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Erin; and three sons, Nathan, Alex, and Andrew.

The Lady Defenders softball team returns to action Monday, April 21 as they host Keystone College for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

BBC is affiliated with the National Christian College Athletic Association, and NCAA Division III. It competes in the Colonial States Athletic Conference,

Read more about the Lady Defenders softball team here. Visit the BBC Defender Athletics website at

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Posted on: 4/21/2014 10:33:43 AM

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