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Higginbotham Named Texas United Coach



GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Ryan Higginbotham has been named the head coach of Texas United. The team kicks off their inaugural season on May 17th.

Higginbotham has been the associate head coach at TCU since January 2012 and serves as the program’s top recruiting assistant. In his first season on campus, he helped guide the women’s program to new heights in the ultra-competitive Big 12 Conference. This past season, the team made history after advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the 27-year history of the program.

“I am very excited to be named head coach for Texas United,” Higginbotham said. “It is an honor to have a group of owners that feel I am the right person to lead this franchise in our inaugural season.”

“Higginbotham’s current role at TCU coupled with his past experiences coaching men’s soccer at the top collegiate level makes him a perfect fit for Texas United,” said Neltex Sports Group CEO Christie Nelson. “He will be a great asset for the players that will compete on our team.”

Higginbotham previously held a position as the assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at the University of Akron from March 2006 to June 2007. While with the Zips, 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. In addition, Higginbotham also coached the men’s soccer program at Furman University, helping the Paladins to four Southern Conference regular season championships and three league tournament crowns.

Throughout his coaching career, Higginbotham has recruited and developed numerous players that have gone on to play for profes- sional clubs across the world. Some of his top recruits currently in the MLS include Clint Dempsey, star forward for the Seattle Sound- ers and former captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team; Ricardo Clark, integral player for the Houston Dynamo; Drew Moor, defender for Toronto FC; and Ben Zemanski and Darlington Nagbe, who both play for the Portland Timbers.

“I have been very fortunate over the years to work with some of the best players in MLS history — and it is our goal to develop the young men who play for our club to reach those same heights. Along with the support of the community and ownership I feel we have a perfect setup to develop players for the next level,” Higginbotham said. “I look forward to putting a team together that we as commu- nity can support.”

Higginbotham will add current TCU assistant coach, Sebastian Vecchio, to his coaching staff.

Texas United is a part of the Premier Development League’s Mid-South Division. They will kick off their season on May 17th at AirHogs Stadium against FC Cleburne.