Charles Higgins enters his fifth year as an assistant coach at his alma mater in the 2012-13 season. He returned to ODU three years ago to continue his collegiate coaching career after one year of coaching at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point. Higgins was an impact sailor in his career at Old Dominion as a leader in Team Racing and Sloop sailing.
While coaching at the USMMA the team had an ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship Qualifier and the co-ed team also qualified for the ICSA Coed National Championship in the Spring of 2008. Before his term in New York, Higgins coached at Norfolk Collegiate High School where the team won the 2006 Fall District Championship.
As a sailor at ODU, Higgins earned a trip to the MAISA Singlehanded Championships in each of his final three seasons.
He earned national championship experience his junior season, as he helped the team finish sixth at the ICSA Dinghy National Championship in the Spring. As a senior, he won the A division sailing at the War Memorial Regatta and posted nine Top Ten finishes as a versatile asset to the program.
Higgins has continued sailing since his graduation and won the Vanguard 15 Class National Championship in 2006, leading to an invitation to the US Sailing Championship of Champions in San Diego where he finished fifth. He also won the U.S. Team Race Association midwinter championship in 2008.
Charles graduated from Old Dominion with a degree in Business Management in 2006 and currently resides in Norfolk.