UNLV baseball’s Kyle Isbel goes 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs in Sunday’s 13-3 win.
UNLV baseball opens four-game series against Columbia with 8-3 win.
UNLV baseball head coach Stan Stolte promotes Kevin Higgins and Patrick Armstrong to associate head coach and assistant coach, respectively.
UNLV baseball opens its 2016 home schedule against West Virginia on Feb. 26-28.
UNLV baseball's head coach will look to return to his post later this season.
Over the past seven seasons the Rebels have had 20 Major League Baseball draftees, which includes eight that Higgins mentored offensively. Last year alone Payton Squier (16th round) and Justin Jones (34th) were selected by the Oakland A's and Ernie De La Trinidad (19th) was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both T.J. White and Patrick Armstrong were picked by the Minnesota Twins and Anaheim Angels, respectively, in 2014, while Armstrong's brother, Joey, was tabbed by the Diamondbacks' one year later.
Since 2011, Higgins has had 16 student-athletes named to the All-Mountain West Team a total of 22 times with 13 first-team nods, including three by Brandon Bayardi (2011-13). Patrick Armstrong, Trent Cook, Justin Jones and White were two-time All-MW Team honorees.
Higgins also helped current Rebels Kyle Isbel and Bryson Stott earn MW Co-Freshmen of the Year recognition in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Isbel was also named to Collegiate Baseball's 2016 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team, becoming the third Rebel to achieve the feat since pitchers Zack Hartman (2011) and Erick Fedde (2012) did so.
The Scarlet & Gray has had 12 student-athletes claim MW Player of the Week honors 14 times over. Both Rance Roundy and Travis Feiner earned weekly distinction twice in 2011.
Since 2010, the Rebel offense has hit .299 or better in four of Higgins' seven seasons. Last year, the offense posted a .299 batting average, which ranked 34th nationally and was the team's best since 2013's .307 clip. The batting average was aided by 592 hits - the most by the team since 2014's 607, which were the 53rd most in the country.
The 2017 team ranked 24th nationally in triples (20) and 91st in home runs (49) - both figures were most by a Rebel team since Higgins came to UNLV. With help of the extra-base hits, the squad posted the nation's 43rd-best slugging percentage (.447).
Higgins served as an assistant coach at the College of Southern Nevada, where he helped lead the Coyotes to the 2010 Region XVIII and Western District Championships as well as a third-place finish at the JUCO World Series. During that season, he helped mentor the team's catcher, Bryce Harper, who was the first overall draft pick in the 2010 MLB Draft.
Prior to his stint with CSN, Higgins enjoyed a standout collegiate career himself as well as coaching stops at both the high school and collegiate level, including spending two years as first base coach with the Las Vegas 51s, the then Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Higgins also served as the 51s' color analyst for two seasons.
Higgins spent two years at Los Angeles Harbor College where he served as a co-captain and was named all-league, all-district twice as well as a Junior College All-American.
Higgins then transferred to Arizona State University where he would go on to earn All-America honors as a second baseman and start in 134 straight games for the Sun Devils. He was a two-time All-Pac 10 First Team selection at second base, tri-captain and recipient of the Mr. Sun Devil Award for Leadership.
Following the 1988 season in which Higgins batted .361 with 108 hits, including 34 for extra bases in addition to 68 RBI and 11 stolen bases, he was named First-Team All-America by Baseball America. The following season, Higgins helped ASU to a national runner-up finish at the College World Series in addition to being selected a First Team All-Region second baseman and named to the All-Decade Team (1980-89) at second base.
In 1989 Higgins was drafted in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres and spent five seasons in the organization, earning several notable honors in that span. Higgins was the Double-A batting champion in the Texas League in 1990 and was called up the Padres three years later on May 28, 1993, finishing the season as the San Diego's starting catcher and also playing a variety of other positions.
Kevin and his wife Debbie are the parents of three daughters, Kylie, Kacie, and Kendall, and one son, Kade. The Higgins family resides in Summerlin.