Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line
Keith Higdon is entering his fifth season during his second stint at Tuskegee University.
He rejoined the Tuskegee staff in 2010 after a five-year coaching stint at SIAC-foe Clark Atlanta University (2005-09). His previous experience at Tuskegee was from 1998 until 2004, when he coached running backs and as the head track and field coach.
In the summer of 2012, Higdon participated in the Bill Walsh Minority Internship with the Buffalo Bills. Following that season, Higdon was promoted to Assistant Head Coach for the Golden Tigers.
During the 2014 season, the offensive line was very instrumental in Tuskegee being one of the top offenses in the SIAC. Tuskegee led the conference in scoring by averaging 34.8 points per game which was seven points higher than the next closest team in Stillman (27.9 ppg). They also finished top in the conference in total offense (385.8 ypg), pass efficiency (143.6), first downs per game (19.0) and third down efficiency (41.7%).
The Golden Tigers also finished among the best in Division II in major offensive categories. The team finished 44th in scoring offense (34.8 ppg), 50th in third down conversion percentage (0.417), 67th in rushing offense (173.8 ypg), tied for 81st in first downs (228), 90th in total offense (385.8 ypg), 95th in passing offense (211.9 ypg) and 98th in time of possession (29:35).
During the 2014 season, several offensive linemen earned postseason accolades include a selection to the College Gridiron Classic for Matthew Reese. He, along with, Jamil McKenzie, Darius Moore and tight end Tahj Dent earned First Team All-Conference honors. Reese was named an Honorable Mention All-American by D2 Football and First Team SBN Sports Black College All-America, while McKenzie was named First Team USA College D2 All-America. Several linemen were named All-Region including McKenzie, Moore and Reese earned BSN Division II All-Super Region; while McKenze and Reese were named Don Hansen Third Team All-Super Region.
During Higdon’s tenure at Clark Atlanta, he served as head coach, assistant head coach, defensive backs coach, recruiting coordinator and pro-liaison. Prior to his stint at Clark Atlanta, Higdon helped lead the Golden Tigers win four SIAC football championships, three Pioneer Bowl victories, one Black College National Championship and a perfect 12-0 season in 2000. He coached running back Bobby Wilson, who set new Tuskegee individual rushing records with 1,878 yards and 23 touchdowns in the 2001 season.
He started his collegiate coaching career at Cheyney University (Pa.), where he coached running backs from 1995 until 1998.
During his playing career, Higdon led the NCAA Division II in rushing in 1993, while at Cheyney, and earned All-America honors. He was the Pennsylvania State Athletic ECAC Player of the Year and USA Today National Player of the Week. He gained 1,748 yards on 330 carries in 1993 and participated in the First Annual Division II All-Star Football Game (Snow Bowl, now known as the Cactus Bowl) in North Dakota.
As Cheyney’s all-time leading rusher and scorer and the PSAC Rookie of the Year, the three-time all-conference player had a brief stay with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.
In 2001 Higdon was inducted into the Cheyney University Hall of Fame, he was then inducted into the Cheyney University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a focus in management from Cheyney in 1994. The Rochester, New York native is married to the former Yani Ridley of Macon, Ga., and the couple has four daughters - Tia, Alexis, Kevia and Nalani.
Higdon is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes(FCA) and the Black Coaches Association.
Assistant Coach / Wide Receivers
Craig Agee begins his second year coaching wide receivers at Tuskegee Unversity.
In his first season with the Golden Tigers, the offense ranked as one of the best in the conference in several categories, including total offense in which they finished as they best in the conference at 385.8 yards per game. They also finished tops in the conference in passing efficiency at 143.6 and first downs per game at 19.0 per game. The Golden Tigers also finished first in third down efficiency (41.7%) and in the top three in the conference in passing offense at 212.6 yards per game.
Tuskegee finished in the top 100 nationally in several offensive categories in the 2014 season. They finished 44th in scoring offense (34.8 ppg), 50th in third down conversion percentage (0.417), tied for 88th in fourth down conversion percentage (0.444), tied for 81st in first downs (228), 90th in total offense (385.8 ypg), 95th in passing offense (211.9 ypg), and 98th in time of possession (29:35).
Agee also coached Marquel Gardner finished fifth in the SIAC with 687 receiving yards (57.2 ypg), while the receivers helped Kevin Lacey finish second in the SIAC in passing efficiency (142.4).
During the 2014 season, Devonzea Gaines was named an Honorable Mention All-Super Region by BSN.
Agee arrived at Tuskegee after a stint coaching in the Pacific Northwest, coaching at Lewis and Clark where he served in a defensive role for the team. He joined the team in 2013 as a defensive assistant coach, and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in charge of defensive backs starting in the spring of 2014.
Agee grew up in Taylorsville, Miss., where he was a three-sport athlete at Taylorsville High School where earned state titles in both football and track.
Agee attended Jacksonville State University where he played two seasons as a wide receiver, before finishing out his career at cornerback. He was also part of the punt return teams all four seasons. In two seasons at receiver, Agee accumulated over 700 yards, where he led the conference and entire nation in punt returns in 2004. He four seasons as a punt returner, he recorded over 1000 yards, earning All-Conference and All-America honors.
Agee graduated from Jacksonville State University with both his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Sports Psychology.
Agee and his wife Megan are the proud parents of three daughters; Zykierrea, Tierra, and Jahzara.
Assistant Coach / Quarterbacks
Montressa Kirby begins his ninth season on the Tuskegee coaching staff, handling the quarterbacks.
During the 2014 season, Tuskegee led the conference in scoring by averaging 34.8 points per game which was seven points higher than the next closest team in Stillman (27.9 ppg). They also finished top in the conference in total offense (385.8 ypg), pass efficiency (143.6), first downs per game (19.0) and third down efficiency (41.7%). The team also finished in the top three in the conference in passing offense (212.6 ypg).
The Golden Tigers also finished in the top 40 nationally in statistics during the 2014 season, finishing 28th in passing yards allowed (185.3 ypg) and 36th in team passing efficiency (143.49).
Under Kirby, Kevin Lacey finished 10th in the SIAC in passing average per game, averaging 108.2 yards per game with 1,299 total yards passing. He also finished second in the conference in passing efficiency at 142.4 with seven touchdowns, while teammate Justin Nared finished third in the conference in passing efficiency at 142.3 with eight touchdown passes.
Prior to his stint at Tuskegee, Kirby spent two seasons coaching wide receivers before making the move to quarterbacks during the 2004 season at Jacksonville State University.
Under Kirby’s guidance, the Jacksonville State’s quarterbacks tossed just five interceptions during the 2004 season, the second-lowest total in all of NCAA I-AA (FCS) football. Junior quarterback Maurice Mullins led the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) in passing efficiency and was fifth in total offense.
Kirby, a native of Anniston, Ala., was the 1998 Southland Football League Offensive Player of the Year and is Jacksonville State University’s all-time leader in total offense (7,688 yards) and second all-time leading passer (6,587 yards). He led the Gamecocks to a 7-4 record as a senior and the most wins in school history – at the time - in Division IAA (FCS). Kirby signed with the Hamilton Tigercats after his stellar collegiate career, in which he was named an All-Amercia, and was a member of the 1999 Grey Cup Championship team.
He was just selected for induction in the Jacksonville State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
He was the starting quarterback for the Birmingham Steeldogs of the AF2 indoor league, and posted a 12-6 record en route to leading his team to the Conference Championship game of the Af2 playoffs in 2002. Kirby passed for more than 3,800 yards and 82 touchdowns and helped the Steeldogs to their first post-season win.
Prior to his collegiate experience, Kirby led Anniston (Ala.) High School to the 6A State Football Championship in 1994.
In addition to coaching football, Kirby is entering his sixth year as the head baseball coach at Tuskegee. In 2011, he guided the baseball Golden Tigers baseball team to their first winning season since 1995. During the 2013 and 2014 seasons he led the team to the SIAC Baseball Championship game, with 2012 being the first since 1989.
Kirby earned his Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University in the Spring of 2001 and he is married to the former Keisha Fant. The two are the proud parents of Caleb (3) and Payton Louise Kirby (1).
He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
Assistant Coach / Tight Ends
Miles Robinson, a native of Tuskegee, returns for another season at Tuskegee University coaching tight ends for the Golden Tigers.
Robinson was instrumental in coaching a position that helped the Golden Tigers finish as one of the most prolific offenses in the conference during the 2014 season. Tuskegee led the conference in scoring by averaging 34.8 points per game which was seven points higher than the next closest team in Stillman (27.9 ppg). They also finished top in the conference in total offense (385.8 ypg), pass efficiency (143.6), first downs per game (19.0) and third down efficiency (41.7%). The team also finished in the top three in the conference in passing offense (212.6 ypg).
The Golden Tigers also finished 36th nationally in team passing efficiency (143.49).
Tight end Tahj Dent earned All-Conference honors for the Golden Tigers at tight end, one of four players along the offensive front to earn first team honors.
Robinson was initially hired as the tight ends coach after serving as a student-assistant coach for the 2012 season.
Robinson is a graduate of both Booker T. Washington High School and Tuskegee University, and is a second generation Golden Tiger, as both his parents graduated from the Pride of the Swift Growing South.
Robinson is 2006 graduate of Booker T., where he earned All-Region honors and Super Senior #10 linebacker in Class 5A during his final year as a prep athlete. He also lettered four years in the varsity basketball, was a state champion in the shot put for track and field, and finished as a runner-up in the discus.
After his prep career, Robinson was a two-sport athlete at Tuskegee, playing in several games as a freshman in football before taking a two-year leave of absence in 2007. He returned in 2009 and earned team captain for three seasons; 2009-2011. He played both first and third for the Tuskegee baseball team before leaving after his freshman season.
Robinson is a summer 2013 graduate of Tuskegee University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.
He is married to the former Dinah Wimbish of Tuskegee. The couple was married June 13, 2015.