Patrick Higgins: 'You never burn your bridges'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Thursday January 10, 2013
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 10, 2013
Patrick Higgins was introduced Wednesday as UTEP's new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, nine years after being dismissed from the same role at the same school.
Welcome to coaching, Higgins said.
"When you are in this profession, you are going to get fired, you are going to have down times but you can't blame people for doing their job," he said.
Higgins worked at Louisiana Tech, BYU and Purdue in between his stops at UTEP.
"At that time, (UTEP) thought a change was needed, so you move on. You never burn your bridges. If I did that, would I be standing here right now? Probably not," Higgins said. "You always leave on good terms. I have no hard feelings. People have to do what is best for the program and at that point in time, that probably was best for the program because the next two years after that they went to back-to-back bowl games. So the change was for good, and hopefully this change is for good."
Another lesson in the coaching business? The importance of relationships can't be overstated. New UTEP head coach Sean Kugler and Higgins attended the same high school and worked together previously at UTEP.
"Patrick was a lot smarter than me. He was the valedictorian. I was a lot further down the list," Kugler said.
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org