SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – Joe Higgins, an assistant baseball coach at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) for more than a decade, has been named the high school's new varsity baseball coach.
“Being a head coach is something that I've always wanted, and I'm happy that I have gotten the chance here at Scotch Plains-Fanwood, where I've spent the past 12 years,” Higgins said. “I love baseball and I love the kids we have, and I'll do everything I can to make sure they continue to develop.”
Higgins succeeds Tom Baylock, who resigned last month. Baylock led SPFHS to six conference titles (2003-04, 2007-10) and had twice won the Union County Tournament (2004 and 2009).
"Coach Higgins’ extensive knowledge of baseball and outstanding skills as a teacher will serve our student-athletes well," said David Heisey, Ed.D., Principal, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.
“We have a nice group of players returning, and I know we can have a great year in 2015, and continue to improve,” said Higgins, who teaches economics at SPFHS. “I hope to follow the great example coach Baylock has set for me. I would like for us to be contenders in the county and in our section.”
“I am proud to have a dedicated teaching professional like coach Higgins as the leader of the baseball program at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School,” said SPFHS Athletic Director Ryan Miller. “His overall commitment to excellence, in all facets of academics and athletics, will help to inspire this program to build off of the already strong foundation that has existed for decades at SPFHS.”
"Coach Higgins is a perfect fit for the SPFHS baseball program. Playing for him the last four years has undoubtedly brought my performance to the next level and he will do so for every other player," said Christian Zazzali, who will play college baseball at Tufts next year. "He is an outgoing coach that will stress fundamentals and hustle which are focal points of baseball. I wish coach Higgins the best of luck in the future."