Higgins, 49, goes back a long way with Nord. Higgins coached at Texas-El Paso 1998-99, then spent four years as Nord's offensive coordinator at UTEP.
Higgins attended William Penn University and became its head coach at age 28. Higgins eventually coached at Columbia and Shepherd College before UTEP, then Louisiana Tech and Brigham Young after UTEP.
“As a coach, you know what this business is about, so you kind of learn how to segment,” Higgins said. “‘This is a time of the day that I'm very focused on the kids, getting the game plan ready, cultivating an attitude of that one-game season.'
“And then you take a little bit of time for yourself. ‘OK, let's go figure out what you're gonna do. It's just all part of the job.
“I know tomorrow, I'm gonna get up, work out, have a great day, come here and coach again. I'm a 24-hour guy right now. So it's awesome.”