Bio - Rod Higgins
President of Basketball Operations
Rod Higgins was promoted to President of Basketball Operations on June 14, 2011, after four successful seasons the team’s General Manager. Higgins, who initially joined the Bobcats as General Manager on May 31, 2007, brings more than 25 years of NBA experience as a player, coach and front office executive to Charlotte. Higgins manages and oversees all player personnel matters, including professional and collegiate scouting, draft preparations, training camp, preseason scheduling and the team’s athletic training, equipment and conditioning programs.
Before joining the Bobcats, Higgins spent three seasons as General Manager of the Golden State Warriors. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as Assistant General Manager for the Washington Wizards, where he worked with Bobcats Chairman & CEO Michael Jordan, his one-time teammate with the Bulls. His responsibilities there included collaborating on all basketball decisions, including transactions and trades, and working with player personnel and scouting. Before moving to the front office with the Wizards, Higgins was an assistant coach from 1994-2000 with the Warriors.
In 13 seasons as an NBA player, Higgins averaged 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 779 games spread between Golden State, Chicago, Seattle, San Antonio, New Jersey, Sacramento and Cleveland. Originally selected by the Bulls in the second round of the 1982 NBA Draft, Higgins appeared in 33 playoff games, averaging 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He spent seven seasons with the Warriors, including playing the first five games of the 1994-95 campaign for the team before moving to the bench as an assistant coach on November 19, 1994. Higgins still ranks among the Warriors all-time leaders in free throw percentage (seventh), three-point field goals (eighth) and three-point field goal attempts (ninth), as well as among the franchise playoff leaders in three-point field goal attempts (fifth), three-point field goals (tied for sixth), free throw percentage (seventh), blocked shots (eighth) and steals (tenth).
Higgins played four years at Fresno State University (1978-82), where he led the Bulldogs in scoring in each of his last three seasons and guided the team to two PCAA Championships. A First Team All-Conference selection as both a junior and senior, he earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from both the Associated Press and The Sporting News as a senior.
Higgins and his wife, Concetta, have two sons, Rick and Cory. Cory is a senior guard at the University of Colorado who has been named All-Big 12 each of the last two seasons.