|Alma Mater:||Florida, 2011|
Marissa Higgins has cemented herself as one of the top goalkeeper coaches in the country during her time with the Florida Southern women's lacrosse program. Higgins joined the staff in 2016 as a volunteer assistant coach, and made an immediate impact for the Moccasins.
In 2017, Higgins helped the Mocs reach the NCAA Division II championship game for the second-straight year, and saw her goalkeepers lead the conference and rank 15th nationally in scoring defense (8.54 gpg) and rank third in the SSC and 23rd in save percentage (.462). Taylor Gillis earned two SSC Defensive Player of the Week honors and an IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Week Award, while Dani Bursinger also earned an SSC Defensive Player of the Week award.
Higgins was named the NCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) after helping the Mocs to an NCAA Championship in 2016. Under her guidance, Florida Southern's goalies compiled a record of 19-3, along with a 7.26 goals-against average and a .475 save percentage.
As a squad, the Moccasins ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense and 21st in save percentage. FSC held six different opponents to five goals or less in 2016. Taylor Gillis was named as the NCAA Tournament's Most Oustanding Player after recording eight saves in the national championship game against No. 1 Adelphi.
Gillis also earned second-team all-Sunshine State Conference accolades after finishing 13-2 with 95 saves. She was eighth nationally in goals-against average (6.85) and backup keeper Paige Brodbeck finished the year with an impressive 6-1 record.
Higgins played collegiately at the University of Florida, where she was part of the Gators' inaugural women's lacrosse team in 2010. A native of Vero Bech, FL, Higgins earned her bachelor's degree from Florida in 2011.
As a high school athlete, Higgins helped Vero Beach High School to a pair of state and regional titles (2006 and 2007), and three district championships (2005, 2006 and 2007). She earned all-America honors from Inside Lacrosse in 2006 and 2007, and was a three-time first-team all-conference honoree.