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James B. Higgins
Born (1920-01-10)January 10, 1920
Maypearl, Texas
Died June 6, 1991(1991-06-06) (aged 71)
Beaumont, Texas

James Benton Higgins Jr. (January 10, 1920 – June 6, 1991) was an American football player and coach and college athletics administrator. He played college football at Trinity University in Waxahachie, Texas and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for one season, in 1941, with the Chicago Cardinals. Higgins served as the head football coach at Lamar State College of Technology—now known as Lamar University—in Beaumont, Texas from 1963 to 1962, compiling a record of 59–38–4. He was also the athletic director at Lamar from 1963 to 1983.

Higgins was an assistant coach at Lamar Tech for four seasons under Stan Lambert before succeeding him as head coach.[1] After playing with the Cardinals, Higgins entered the United States Marine Corps, reaching the rank of major.[2]

Head coaching record

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Lamar Tech Cardinals (Lone Star Conference) (1953–1962)
1953 Lamar Tech 3–7 2–3 4th
1954 Lamar Tech 3–7 1–5 T–6th
1955 Lamar Tech 4–6 2–4 T–4th
1956 Lamar Tech 4–4–1 2–4 5th
1957 Lamar Tech 8–0–2 5–0–2 1st
1958 Lamar Tech 6–2 5–2 T–2nd
1959 Lamar Tech 8–3 4–3 T–3rd
1960 Lamar Tech 8–4 5–2 T—2nd
1961 Lamar Tech 8–2–1 4–2–1 3rd W Tangerine
1962 Lamar Tech 7–3 4–3 4th
Lamar Tech: 59–38–4 34–28–3
Total: 59–38–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.

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