Jeff Heitzenrater Steps Down as Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach

Jeff Heitzenrater Steps Down as Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Announced by Director of Athletics Mark Webb on Tuesday, Sewanee cross country and track and field head coach Jeff Heitzenrater will step down from his role in the Athletic Department to accept a position in the University's Office of Admissions, effective July 1.

For the past two decades, Heitzenrater was a part of the Sewanee cross country and track and field programs where he saw 41 All-Conference selections with the cross country team and 134 with track and field.

"Jeff has coached and mentored countless Sewanee track and cross country athletes," quoted Webb. "His influence is evident when former athletes beat a path to his office when they return to Sewanee. We all remain extremely grateful for his many contributions to the Department of Athletics."

With the cross country program, he has coached 39 All-Region representatives and eight qualify for the National Championship. Additionally, the 2012 Southern Athletic Association Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year has seen 20 men's teams and 19 women's teams named All-Academic by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

With the track and field program, he has seen two student-athletes qualify for the NCAA National Championships: Jane Johnson (javelin) in 2005 and 2006 and Sally Warm (high jump) in 2012.

Additionally, he has coached 30 student-athletes to individual conference championships.

Academically, he has seen 14 male teams and 16 female teams named to the All-Academic Track and Field Team by the USTFCCCA.

He has seen three student-athletes, Will Copeland, Jean Anne Babin and Owen LeGrone, selected as Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and seven were honored with an Academic All-District nod.

In 2004, Copeland was chosen as the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year after earning two First Team Academic All-America selections and three selections overall.

After spending his first seven years on the Domain in the Office of Admissions, he will begin his 29th year with The University of the South this fall. He will continue to serve the athletic department as a liaison for the Office of Admissions. 

A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

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