Get To Know Baseball Head Coach Jeremy Heinen

1. Where did you grow up?

Des Moines, Iowa

2. Where did you go to school?

I went to Johnston High School and then attended the University of Iowa.  A few years ago I also went back to school and got my Masters in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University.

3. How did you get into baseball? When did you start?

 I have played the game of baseball since childhood and went on to play for the University of Iowa in college.  It was during college that I realized I wanted to be a teacher and baseball coach.  I got into coaching because I saw how much my coaches influenced me to be the person I am today.  They had a huge influence on me – on and off the field.  I started coaching in 1998 and I’ve been coaching ever since at various levels and at a few different schools.  Most recently I was the head coach at Urbandale High School for the past six years.

4. What is your favorite thing about coaching?

My favorite part of coaching is the growth I get to see in athletes – as players and as people.  I also really enjoy being a part of the excitement high school athletes have to compete in the sports they love.  

5. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

 Coaching sports for me has always been an extension of high school learning.  Being able to not only coach the game of baseball, but to teach character and life lessons is very rewarding.

6. Who does your family consist of?

I have been married to my wife Polly Heinen for 23 years.  We have two sons Brook Heinen (21) Rece Heinen (19) and a daughter Macy Heinen (16).  We also have a 7 year old golden retriever named Ruby.

7. Favorite food & restaurant?

Mexican & Cancun Grill and Catina

8. Favorite movie & TV show?

My favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption and my family enjoys watching Survivor together.

9. Hobbies outside of coaching?

Hunting – Fishing – Exercising – Golf

10. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?

I would love to have dinner with my Grandpa Fairbanks.  He passed away when I was a child and to update him on my life and have him meet my wife and children over dinner would be amazing!

11. What is your favorite thing about the Waukee Community School District?

Waukee is a thriving and growing community.  I feel the energy and excitement in everyone I meet – players, parents, teachers, fellow coaches and administrators. Big things are happening in Waukee and I love that I get to be a part of it!  

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