published Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Jim Higgins named Steve Henry's successor at Soddy-Daisy

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    In this file photo, Soddy-Daisy coach Jim Higgins, left, and former head coach Steve Henry bump fists after Campbell Lewis' 132 weight class win during the TSSAA wrestling finals at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo in Franklin, Tenn.
    Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Jim Higgins has been named wrestling coach at Soddy-Daisy.

Higgins was an assistant on the 2011-2012 team that won the Class AAA state duals and the traditional state tournament.

A former state champ for the Trojans, Higgins is replacing Steve Henry, a veteran who put the school’s program on the map and took the Trojans to numerous state championships.

“This wasn’t about hiring a guy who wrestled in college but about a guy that’s hungry and committed and has a vested interest in the program,” said Henry, who has assumed new duties as the school’s assistant principal and athletic director.

“In my world this is about as close to a dream job as you can possibly get,” Higgins said. “This year in general has been a whirlwind experience, getting into the Hamilton County school system and then getting teaching and coaching positions. This is great news.”

For more on this story see Thursday’s Times Free Press.

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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