At 26-years old Cameron Higgins is the youngest head coach in the Oahu Interscholastic Association.
While some may see his inexperience as a weakness the St. Louis alum embraces his "disadvantage."
"I'm pretty ecstatic. Like wow, it's pretty surreal that this is happening." Higgins told Hawaii News Now.
From offensive coordinator to head coach, it's not the step Higgins expected to take when he began volunteering with the Cougars two years ago.
"You really get to love these players and see them grow and I felt I couldn't abandon them."
Higgins says he learned a great deal from his predecessor Rich Miano -- but admits he's ready to put his own stamp on the program.
While the figure head may have changed, the identity of Kaiser should not, especially with an offense that averaged nearly 40-points per game. Higgins says he'll continue to call the plays, unless "I can't handle it."
This upcoming season, the division two state champs will move up to the OIA's Red division.
On a weekly basis, Higgins will be staring across the field at the likes of established coaches like Kale Ane (Punahou), Randall Okimoto (Farrington) and Rod York (Mililani). It's a challenge he's looking forward to.
"I've looked up to those coaches when I started my coaching career," says Higgins. "You know, taking some (of their) plays...I've been looking at other offenses and looking at other things in our offense. It's going to be really humbling to go against those coaches."
The underdog role is nothing new to Higgins. It's a title he embraced when he was a quarterback at Weber State. In four seasons, he helped elevate that program into an FCS power.
"It's kind of fun and I want to have that motto as the underdog going up to the red to have that chip on our shoulder and with the boys and coaching staff."
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