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Higgins, Pawloski and Ryan join MSC football coaching staff

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.¬ – Morrisville State College head football coach, Terry Dow, recently announced the addition of Justin Higgins, Bill Pawloski and James Ryan to the coaching staff for the 2006 season.

Justin Higgins rejoins the Mustang staff in 2006 as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for Morrisville State. He coached the defensive line for the Mustangs in 2004 and in 2005 assumed the head coach position at Richfield Springs High School.
Higgins came to Morrisville in 2004 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he served as an assistant defensive backs coach for the elite Patriot League football program for two seasons. He assisted the defensive staff in the development, organization and implementation of the team’s defensive scheme. In 2002, Higgins coached three all-Patriot League defensive backs and coached the defensive secondary which led the league in pass defense.

Beginning his coaching career in 1999 at Ithaca College as a defensive assistant, Higgins joined the staff at Kean University in 2000 as a wide receivers coach before being promoted to the defensive line coach in 2001. While at Kean, he coached players who earned all-New Jersey Athletic Conference honors. 

Bill Pawloski returns to the collegiate ranks in 2006 as the defensive line coach at Morrisville State College.

Pawloski comes to Morrisville State from nearby Camden High School where he served as head coach of the elite varsity program for 19 seasons. While at Camden, Pawloski had 11 winning seasons with five playoff appearances and five state rankings for the program. In 2003 he coached his team to a 10-0 season, claiming his second conference championship and a Section III Championship, the programs highest state ranking of eighth and Section III Coach of the Year honors.

Over the course of 19 seasons at Camden High, Pawloski has placed over 80 players in NCAA collegiate programs who have broken over 30 offensive and defensive records at Camden. Pawloski has collected the most wins in Camden history and has instructed several players at all levels of play, including the professional ranks.

Prior to his success at Camden, he served as the defensive coordinator at Oswego State University for three seasons before joining the Oneida Silver Bullets semi-professional team as a defensive coordinator. In 1982 he ventured to the high school fields as defensive coordinator for Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse before returning to the semi-pro ranks as the offensive line coach with the Syracuse Express. In 1996 he served as the defensive line coach for the Syracuse Storm.

In 2004 Pawloski was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award. He continues to be active in coaching clinics and camps as well as elite programs throughout New York State.

James Ryan comes to Morrisville State College from Bishop Grimes High School as the coach of the wide receivers for the Mustangs.

Ryan, a four-year member of the football squad at St. John Fisher College from 1996-2000, started for two seasons as wide receiver. In his senior season with the Cardinals, he led the team in receptions and was named the offensive player of the game three times.

After playing for four-seasons, Ryan took his experience to the high school ranks where he served as the wide receivers, outside linebackers and special teams coach at Cato Meridian High School before joining Bishop Grimes in 2002 as the head modified coach and varsity assistant.

Ryan, a 2000 graduate of St. John Fisher, received his bachelor of arts degree in history with a minor in education.

Beginning in the fall of 2006, Morrisville State will enter its first year as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association ® (NCAA), Division III. The Mustangs open their season on the road at Buffalo State College on September 2nd before returning home on the 9th to face Cortland State.