Grant Higgison begins his second season as the defensive line coach for the Green Wave. A former walk-on who played two seasons on the Tulane football team, Higgison returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant coach for the offense in 2007. Higgison was promoted to Tulane's defensive line coach prior to the 2008 spring campaign. He will also coach TU's PAT/Field goal block teams.
Higgison, 30, will coach one of the most experienced and deepest positions in terms of depth in 2009. He will rely on the likes of seniors Reggie Scott, Logan Kelley and Adam Kwentua to anchor the Wave's defensive line. During his first full time season with the Wave, he inherited a unit that lost three key players, including two starters and a top reserve to graduation, but returned seven other veteran players. Higgison's group accounted for 13 of the team's 21 total sacks and combined for a third of the team's total tackles, including 25.5 stops for lost yardage.
Higgison returned to Tulane after spending the five years at Bridgewater College located in Virginia. During his entire stint at Bridgewater, Higgison worked on the defensive side of the ball. He was the defensive line coach from 2002-04, and was promoted to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in the spring of 2004 and served in that capacity for his final three seasons.
In his five years at Bridgewater, the team registered a mark of 50-10 and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs four times. In their playoff appearances, the Eagles notched a 6-4 mark and advanced to the quarterfinal round in 2002 and 2005, and finished in the semifinals in 2003.
During his tenure as the defensive coordinator, his defenses produced 19 all-conference players and two All-America performers. Higgison's defense's ranked among the top three teams in the conference in at least six categories in each season as a coordinator.
Prior to arriving at Bridgewater, Higgison played for Tulane and worked as a student assistant from the fall of 1998 to the spring of 2002. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Higgison played tight end and long snapper for the Green Wave. He was a member of the Green Wave's 1998 undefeated 12-0 team that won the Liberty Bowl and completed the season ranked No. 7. After his freshmen season, Higgison received the Offensive Walk-On of the Year award, as well as making the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
He was forced to stop playing for the Green Wave after his sophomore season due to a back injury. The following two seasons Higgison worked in the coach's offices filming practices and games and helping with data entry for the offense and defense.
Higgison graduated high school from Woodberry Forest in Orange, Virginia. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Tulane University and has a Master's Degree in athletic administration from James Madison University.
Higgison and his wife, Leslie, reside in New Orleans, La.