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|
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.
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 least number of 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".
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:
- Urban Meyer: Bowling Green (2001–2002), Utah (2003–2004), Florida (2005–2010), Ohio State (2012–present)
- Hunter, Bob (November 5, 2006), "Defensive effort reveals genius of Heacock", The Columbus Dispatch, retrieved 2009-01-05
- Raley, Dan (September 14, 2002), "Preview:Washington State vs Ohio State", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, retrieved 2009-10-15
- Whiteside, Kelly (January 9, 2007), "Florida's Meyer maintains his love for Ohio even with title on line", USAToday, retrieved 2009-01-05
- Dodd, Dennis (July 6, 2008), Heacock's accomplishments with Buckeyes speak loudly, CBS News, retrieved 2009-01-05