RANDY HEISLER NAMED HEAD COACH OF IU'S WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD TEAM
July 9, 1998 RANDY HEISLER NAMED HEAD COACH OF IU'S WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD TEAM
Bloomington, Ind. -- Indiana University Director of Athletics Clarence Doninger today announced the hiring of Randy Heisler as the head coach of Indiana's women's track and field team.
Heisler is no stranger to the Indiana track and field programs. He has spent the last nine years as an assistant coach with both the men's and women's teams at IU concentrating on throws and weight training programs. He replaces Roseann Wilson who resigned last month to move with her family to South Carolina.
"Randy has been an extremely successful performer himself and as a coach," Doninger said, "and I'm thrilled that he is joining our staff as the head coach of our women's track and field team."
During his nine years as an assistant, Heisler's throwers have won 22 Big Ten titles and earned All-American status 31 times. An amazing 87 percent of the athletes under his guidance have earned All-America honors. In 1996, five of his current and past throwing athletes were Olympic Trial qualifiers.
"It's a great opportunity for me to become the head women's coach at Indiana," Heisler said. "Indiana track and field has had a long tradition of success, and I'm looking forward to continuing that in the future.
"We had a young team last year, but I hope with our incoming recruits and returning athletes that we can have immediate impact at the Big Ten level," he added.
While excelling as a coach, Heisler has long been one of the United States' top discus throwers. He has represented the U.S. in international competition on 14 occasions. These include the 1988 Olympics, and the 1987 and 1995 World Championships and Pan American Games. In 1996, he was a U.S. Olympic Trials finalist.
The Warsaw, Ind. native won three NCAA Division II national titles while at the University of Indianapolis where he earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 1984. He has since earned a master's degree in sports sciences from Indiana in 1989. In 1994, Heisler was inducted into the Indiana High School Track & Field Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Tammy, have three children, Lindsey, Kiley and Cameron.
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