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Brian Higgins resigns as McDonald basketball coach

Published: Wed, April 11, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, Brian Higgins announced his resignation as McDonald’s boys basketball coach.

Higgins served as an assistant to long-time head coach Jeff Rasile for 12 years before inheriting the team for the 2011-12 season. It was his first head coaching job.

“As far as X’s and O’s, I was pretty familiar with what was expected as a head coach,” Higgins said. “There are some differences taking on a more major role, such as managing a staff and putting more time into it.”

He admitted he never really had any real desire to be a head coach, but took the position last year to “continue the success of the program under Mr. Rasile.”

The Blue Devils went 13-9, falling to Windham in the Division IV district semifinals.

“It was a lot of fun being around the kids and having a pretty successful season,” Higgins said.

The search for the next coach will begin in the next few weeks, starting internally. Higgins would like to remain a coach for the foreseeable future, hopefully remaining at McDonald.

The Blue Devils lose just one senior, Austin Bucan, with four juniors — Stephen Politano, Patrick Kunkel, Tyler Smith and Christian Rusinowski — likely coming back.

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