Coach Bill Higley cleared the 200-win mark April 17 when the BBC Lady Defenders softball team defeated Notre Dame University of Maryland.
Four games after winning his 199th, 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. 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.
“This is a team and program accomplishment,” Higley said in a press release. “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,” he said. “She has been there to see just about every one of those wins, has always been a great supporter of our team, and is a wonderful friend and role model to the ladies who play for us.”
A 1984 graduate of BBC, 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.”
Off the field, 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.
A resident of South Abington Township, Higley and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Erin; and three sons, Nathan, Alex, and Andrew.