Archbishop Spalding athletic director Domenic Pachence has announcedthe hiring of Martin Higgins as the Cavaliers head football coach.
Higgins, a Harford County native and a 1989 graduate of Salisbury State University, will replace two-year coach Greg Fuhrman, who resigned following last season's 2-9 campaign.
"I was just very impressed with the way he handled himself duringthe interview," said Pachence, who served on the four-member selection committee along with Principal Barbara Schwitzer, faculty member Bert Kiesling and Steve Belichick. "I think he's going to be an outstanding addition to our staff."
Higgins served as defensive line andspecial teams coach for Salisbury before moving to Bowie State, where he was special teams coordinator in 1989 and 1990. Last season, he joined Joe Krivak's staff at the University of Maryland as an assistant linebackers coach and will continue in that capacity under the Terrapins new coach, Mark Duffner.
"I learned a lot from Krivak and I'm learning more now from Coach Duffner," said Higgins, who is inheriting a team that had a 27-game winless streak before upsetting Southwestern of Baltimore, 13-12, on Oct. 19. "I'm keeping my eyes and earsopen and watching how Coach Duffner get things going."
A standoutnose guard at Edgewood High School, Harford Community College and Salisbury State, Higgins has heard negative comments about the Cavaliers' football program, but has chosen to take a wait-and-see approach.
"I've heard about the problems they've had in the past, but I haven't met the kids and I haven't seen any game film, so I don't really know what I'm up against yet," he said. "I'm young and I'll work hard, and I feel I have good enough knowledge of the X's and O's to get the program going and to get the kids motivated.
"I've heard some good things, too, so I'm just going to work my tail off."
Higgins said he eventually would like to become a head coach at a university, but saw an opportunity to grow as a coach at Spalding.