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Dordt College Announces Head Football Coach

March 20, 2006

HeavnerSIOUX CENTER, Iowa; (Tuesday, March 21, 2006) — Dordt College has announced that John Heavner will be the school’s first head football coach beginning June 1, 2006.

Heavner, a Norman, Oklahoma native, was selected from over one hundred individuals who expressed an interest in the position. Heavner spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at East Central University (NCAA Division II) in Ada, Oklahoma from 1998-2004 where he served as offensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004 and was the receivers coach from 1998-2002. Heavner was also East Central’s recruiting coordinator from 2001-2004. Most recently, Heavner was the quarterbacks coach at Missouri State University (NCAA Division IAA) in Springfield, Missouri in 2005.

“I am eager for the opportunity to lead the Dordt College football program from its infancy, into a highly respected program that helps each of its student-athletes reach their full potential spiritually, academically, athletically and socially,” says Heavner.

Heavner, a graduate of Norman High School where he was a member of the 1992 state championship team, received his bachelor’s degree in political science from East Central University in 1999 and earned his master’s degree in education in 2000.

Heavner and his wife, Tiffany, have a son, Caleb.

In its fall meeting in October, 2005, the Dordt College Board of Trustees adopted a recommendation to proceed with the implementation of a football program at Dordt College. A search committee was formed shortly after to seek Dordt College’s first football coach.

Dordt College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Dordt is a four-year comprehensive college located in Sioux Center, Iowa and offers over 50 areas of study along with a graduate program in education.

Dordt College will field a junior varsity team in 2007 with a full varsity schedule in 2008. Dordt becomes the 12th school in Great Plains Athletic Conference to offer football.

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