Jim Heacock
Biographical details
Born (1948-06-23) June 23, 1948 (age 73)
Alliance, Ohio
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1974Muskingum (DB)
1975–1977Muskingum (DC)
1978–1980Bowling Green (DL)
1981–1982Bowling Green (DC)
1983–1987Washington (DL)
1988–1995Illinois State
1996–2004Ohio State (DL)
2005–2011Ohio State (DC)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
Broyles Award (2007)

Jim Heacock (born June 23, 1948) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Illinois State University from 1988 to 1995, compiling a record of 37–49–2. In 1996, he became an assistant coach at Ohio State University and served as the defensive coordinator for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2005 until his retirement following the 2011 season.[1]

Coaching career

Heacock 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 football coach at Illinois State University.[2] At Illinois State, he employed future Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.[3]

In 1996, Heacock joined Ohio State University's football coaching staff as the defensive line coach.[1][4] 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.[4] 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.[4] The same year, the defense ranked fifth in the nation for fewest points allowed and for total defense.[1] According to sportswriter Dennis Dodd, "Statistically, the 2007 unit was among the best finishing first nationally in scoring defense, total defense and pass defense".[4]

Heacock was awarded the Broyles Award in 2007 as the top assistant coach in college football. Tressel remarked that "Heacock's defense has allowed this young Ohio State team to become a national contender."[4] Heacock was 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."[1]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Illinois State Redbirds (Gateway Football Conference) (1988–1995)
1988 Illinois State 1–10 0–7 7th
1989 Illinois State 5–6 4–2 T–2nd
1990 Illinois State 5–6 3–3 T–3rd
1991 Illinois State 5–6 1–5 7th
1992 Illinois State 5–6 2–4 T–4th
1993 Illinois State 6–4–1 2–3–1 T–4th
1994 Illinois State 5–5–1 3–3 4th
1995 Illinois State 5–6 3–3 T–3rd
Illinois State: 37–49–2 18–30–1
Total: 37–49–2


  1. ^ a b c d Hunter, Bob (November 5, 2006), "Defensive effort reveals genius of Heacock", The Columbus Dispatch, retrieved January 5, 2009[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Raley, Dan (September 14, 2002), "Preview:Washington State vs Ohio State", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, retrieved October 15, 2009
  3. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (January 9, 2007), "Florida's Meyer maintains his love for Ohio even with title on line", USAToday, retrieved January 5, 2009
  4. ^ a b c d e Dodd, Dennis (July 6, 2008), Heacock's accomplishments with Buckeyes speak loudly, CBS News, archived from the original on December 4, 2008, retrieved January 5, 2009