Ellsworth Soccer Honors Brian Higgins
Former Ellsworth High School boy's soccer coach Brian Higgins was honored at the team's annual alumni game on Friday evening. Higgins received plaque and a declaration from the Maine State House as part of the event.
Higgins announced in the Spring that this past 2015 season would be his last. He left with 566 total wins, a record for soccer in Maine sports. Paul Lock now takes over after coaching over twenty years at the middle school level in Ellsworth.
Over 20 former players were on hand to play in the game against the current varsity squad from Ellsworth. The alumni ranged from 2016 graduates to 1976, which included Eddie Butler who played for Higgins from 1974-76 and donned his uniform from those seasons while playing the game. Higgins coached the alumni squad during the game.
After the contest was over, Athletic Director Josh Frost (who also competed for the alumni) honored the former coach with the plague and Maine representative Louis Luchini read the declaration and presented him with a flag that flew over the state house.
The former Eagles beat the current edition in the contest by a score of 5-1. Higgins thanked everyone for attending and ribbed Lock for starting his tenure with a loss.
The evening ended with a presentation of a cake for all of those in attendance.