|Born||June 23, 1948|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1978–1980||Bowling Green (DL)|
|1981–1982||Bowling Green (DC)|
|1996–2004||Ohio State (DL)|
|2005–2012||Ohio State (DC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|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.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. At Illinois State, he employed future Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
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The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a large public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and the ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College (Mech). The college began with a focus on training students in various agricultural and mechanical disciplines but it developed into a comprehensive university under the direction of then-Governor Rutherford B. Hayes, and in 1878 the Ohio General Assembly passed a law changing the name to "The Ohio State University". It has since grown into the third-largest university campus in the United States. Along with its main campus in Columbus, Ohio State also operates regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster.
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In 1996, Heacock joined Ohio State University's football coaching staff as the defensive line coach.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. 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. The same year, the defense ranked fifth in the nation for fewest points allowed and for total defense. According to sportswriter Dennis Dodd, "Statistically, the 2007 unit was among the best finishing first nationally in scoring defense, total defense and pass defense".
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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".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."
Assistant coaches under Jim Heacock who became NCAA head coaches:
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