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Dordt College Announces Head Football Coach

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 interest in the position. Heavner spent seven seasons, from 1997 – 2004, as an assistant coach at East Central University (NCAA Division II) in Ada, Oklahoma, where he served as offensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004 and 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 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.