Randy Heisler is in his fourth year as Indiana University Track and Field Director. After serving as the head coach of the women's track and field team since 1999, Heisler moved into the role in which he serves as head coach for both the men's and women's programs during the summer of 2003.
Heisler led the Hoosiers to seven All-American performances and seven Big Ten individual championships in 2006. David Neville led the way in both categories, recording three individual all-America performances, while also running the anchor leg of the Hoosiers' All-American 4x400m relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also recorded four individual Big Ten Championships and helped lead IU to a 4x400m relay championship.
In 2005, Heisler guided the IU men's team to its highest finish in 12 years at the NCAA Indoor Championships when they took home fifth-place honors. Indiana also finished the season with a No. 1 spot in the national team power rankings.
An Olympic athlete, Heisler has also directed the resurgence of the Indiana women's track and field program over the last seven seasons. In 2003, he led the Hoosier women to their highest finish ever at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. IU finished sixth in the team standings behind five top-five performances, including an American collegiate record and a national title by senior javelin thrower Ira Kharun. That marked the first time in IU history that the Hoosiers have had five top-five finishes at nationals.
At the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championship, both the IU women and men tied for eighth in the team standings. Senior Danielle Carruthers finished as the national runner-up in the 60 and 100 meter hurdles at both the indoor and outdoor meets during the 2004 season. Senior Rachelle Boone was named Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Year, Big Ten Athlete of the Championship and the Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year. Rose Richmond placed second in the long jump at the Indoor Championships. Most recently, Indiana has had the past three Big Ten Athletes of the Year (Neville-two times, and Aarik Wilson).
Indiana has won three Big Ten women's championships in Heisler's six years as head coach. The Hoosiers captured the conference indoor title in 2000 and won the outdoor title in both 2000 and 2001. The 2000 Hoosiers finished both the indoor and outdoor seasons undefeated in scored meet competitions, including winning both the Indoor and Outdoor Big Ten Championships. All of Indiana's women's outdoor titles have come under Heisler. In addition, eight IU athletes have finished as either an NCAA National Champion or National Runner-Up on 11 different occasions in the past four years.
Heisler has long been a part of Indiana track and field and has made winning a part of his career. Prior to becoming the head women's coach, Heisler was an Indiana assistant coach for nine years under Sam Bell. His primary coaching responsibilities involved imparting his knowledge to both the male and female athletes in the throws. Throwers under Heisler have accounted for 27 Big Ten titles and have earned all-America honors on 34 occasions.
In 1996, Indiana had two current and three alumni throwers compete at the Olympic Trials. Four of the five were finalists. Heisler himself competed in his fourth Olympic Trials in the discus.
Heisler, who retired as an athlete in 1996, was one of the top U.S. discus throwers for over a decade, representing the U.S. in international competition on 13 occasions. These include his efforts for the 1988 Olympic team and two World Championship teams. Heisler's personal bests are 221-10' in the discus and 65-7 in the shot, making him one of the best dual throwers in U.S. track and field history.
The Warsaw, Ind., native won three NCAA Division II titles while earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis in 1984. He then obtained his master's in sports science from Indiana in 1989. Since 1994, Heisler has been inducted into the Indiana High School Track and Field Hall of Fame, the University of Indianapolis Athletic Hall of Fame and, most recently, the NCAA Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame. He resides in Bloomington with his wife Tammy and their three children: Lindsey, Kiley and Cameron.
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