Mike Higgins

Mike Higgins

Director of Championships, NAIA

Mike Higgins is the director of championships at the NAIA and oversees 27 national championships in all sports sponsored by the association while also leading the NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship tournament held annually in Kansas City. Higgins joined the NAIA in 2016 and the organization has since added championship sports in competitive cheer and dance, men’s volleyball and men’s and women’s bowling, and has worked with member institutions to change the championship formats starting with the 2020 season to improve the overall experience for student-athletes. Before joining the NAIA, Higgins spent 12 years as the vice president of events for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and worked previously as senior vice president and general manager for the Portland Beavers Minor League Baseball franchise and the Portland Timbers MLS team. Before moving to the Portland area, he worked in various management capacities in minor league baseball for 12 years, and played professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.