Jim Heacock

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Jim Heacock
Biographical details
Born (1948-06-23) June 23, 1948 (age 70)
Alliance, Ohio
Playing career
1967–1970 Muskingum
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1974 Muskingum (DB)
1975–1977 Muskingum (DC)
1978–1980 Bowling Green (DL)
1981–1982 Bowling Green (DC)
1983–1987 Washington (DL)
1988–1995 Illinois State
1996–2004 Ohio State (DL)
2005–2012 Ohio State (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall37–49–2
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Broyles Award (2007)

Jim Heacock (born June 23, 1948) is the former defensive coordinator of the Ohio State University football team. Heacock has been a coach since 1971. [1] He was an assistant coach at the University of Washington from 1983 to 1987. As the team prepared for its bowl game in 1987, Heacock accepted a job as the head coach at NCAA Division I-AA Illinois State University. [2] At Illinois State, he employed future Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. [3]

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In 1996, Heacock joined Ohio State University's football coaching staff as the defensive line coach. [1] [4] When head coach John Cooper was fired in 2001, Heacock was one of only three assistants retained by the new head coach, Jim Tressel. Heacock won the Broyles Award, awarded to the nation's top assistant coach, in 2007. As of 2008, Heacock was the most senior member of the Ohio State coaching staff. [4] Heacock was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2005. In his first year in that position, the Ohio State defense was ranked first in the nation in rush defense. [4] The same year, the defense ranked fifth in the nation for fewest points allowed and for total defense. [1] According to sportswriter Dennis Dodd, "Statistically, the 2007 unit was among the best finishing first nationally in scoring defense, total defense and pass defense". [4]

John Cooper (American football) former American football player and coach

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Heacock was awarded the Frank Broyles National Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2007. Tressel remarked that ""Jim Heacock's defense has allowed this young Ohio State team to become a national contender". [4] Heacock is more modest, claiming that "We're all just in this for the same reason. ... There are other assistants who do every bit as much as I do. I kind of get in the way." [1]

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Jim Heacock who became NCAA head coaches:

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Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
Illinois State Redbirds (Gateway Football Conference)(1988–1995)
1988 Illinois State1–100–77th
1989 Illinois State5–64–2T–2nd
1990 Illinois State5–63–3T–3rd
1991 Illinois State5–61–57th
1992 Illinois State5–62–4T–4th
1993 Illinois State6–4–12–3–1T–4th
1994 Illinois State5–5–13–34th
1995 Illinois State5–63–3T–3rd
Illinois State:37–49–218–30–1
Total:37–49–2

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