Michael Higgins begins his seventh season as the Trinity College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach in 2017, after guiding the Bantams to unprecedented success over his first seven years. In Higgins' rookie season, Trinity posted its highest-ever win total with a 12-4 record and made its first appearance in the NESCAC Final Four. In 2012, the Bantams recorded an 11-7 mark, returned to the NESCAC Semifinals, and earned the program's first bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Trinity downed Eastern Connecticut, 13-9, for the first NCAA win in team history, before falling to Tufts in the NCAA Second Round.
In 2013, Trinity tied Amherst and Williams for the No. 8 position in the NESCAC Standings but were eliminated from post-season play on a tiebreaker. The team is 13-32 the last three springs, as the young but competitive Bantams have seen 17 tilts decided by three goals or less including eight in 2016. Higgins was the 2011 NESCAC Coach of the Year and the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coach of the Year. He is 41-53 in his six seasons as head coach at Trinity, and has had players named as All Americans six times during his tenure including senior goalkeeper Mickey Zaverucha in 2015.
Higgins was the defensive coordinator for four years at Tufts University and an All-American player Hobart College. He coached nine All-NESCAC selections and two All-Americans while coaching the Jumbo defense, and helped guide Tufts to a 54-26 record in his five seasons and to the NCAA Division III Championship Second Round in 2007. Higgins also has head coaching experience at Thayer Academy and Concord Academy in Massachusetts and Lick Wilmerding Academy in San Francisco. He has been the director of operations for the Catz Sports Performance Center since 2007.
Higgins graduated from Hobart College in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in American Studies and a minor in economics, and holds a master's degree from the University of San Francisco in sports management. He was a member of three NCAA Division III National Champion squads at Hobart (1990, 1991, 1993), and was a team captain and an All-American defender for the Statesmen.