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Ripon asst coach now head coach at Liberty Ranch

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POSTED January 29, 2013 12:41 a.m.

Darin Higgins recently bid adieu to Ripon High for greener pasture.

He’s the new head football coach at Liberty Ranch High in Galt, taking over the varsity program from Bryan Golder, who reportedly stepped down after just one season for some time off.

Prior to that, Anthony Linebaugh, the Hawks’ former head coach, guided Liberty Ranch to an impressive 9-4 record in year two of the program.

Trustees, at the recent Ripon Unified school board meeting, accepted Higgins’ letter of resignation effective Jan. 11. His reason was “to further my career as a head football coach,” he said.

Higgins played at the University of Nevada-Reno, where he was a tight end. At Southern Mississippi University, he was the receivers coach.

Higgins also coached at Lassen High and Modesto Christian prior to RHS.

This past year, he was part of the Ripon Indians’ coach staff under Chris Johnson that advanced to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff, posting a stellar 11-1 mark.

In addition to the resignation of Higgins, who was a campus monitor at RHS, the RUSD school board approved the hiring of Richard Prestia as night custodian at Weston School.

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