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Ryan Higginbotham was named an assistant coach at TCU in January 2012. He serves as the top recruiting assistant as well as coaching the field players.
Higginbotham hit the ground running in his first full season on campus. In addition to his work on the field, he was a mainstay on the recruiting trail. His efforts on the road produced a signing class that featured 14 talented players from coast-to-coast in addition to TCU's first-ever soccer player from Spain.
On the field, he helped guide the program to new heights in the ultra-competitive Big 12. The squad advanced to its first-ever conference tournament championship, coming within one win of advancing to the NCAA Tournament. TCU tied a school-record with eight shutouts on the season and Monica Alvarado scored a career-high seven goals for the Frogs. Bobbi Clemmer was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team, while four Horned Frogs earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Tournament team.
The Dallas native joins the Horned Frogs' coaching staff after serving as the Director of Coaching for the girls division at the Dallas Texans Soccer Club. Higginbotham was responsible for overseeing all girls teams within the Texas Club since June 2007. While with the Texans, the club claimed four national championships, including the 2011 U19 USYSA National Championship and 2011 U16 USYSA National League title. Higginbotham was named the 2009 NSCAA Girls Youth National and Regional Coach of the Year. Higginbotham also served as the Director of Coaching from 2003-2006 and has been a Region III staff coach for the US Olympic Development Program since 2008.
Higginbotham's most recent collegiate position was as an assistant coach for the men's soccer program at Akron from March 2006 to June 2007. While with the Zips, his duties included that of the recruiting coordinator and organizing team travel. He coached eight all-conference players, including the MAC Most Valuable Player and an NSCAA All-American. Of his two recruiting classes at Akron, the Zips welcomed three US Youth National Team members, one Canadian Youth National Team member and a former Arsenal (England) youth player.
Higginbotham also spent two seasons with the men's soccer program at Furman University, helping the Paladins to four Southern Conference regular season championships and three league tournament crowns.
He and his wife, Julie, were married in March of 2006. The couple has one son, Brayden.