Justin Heinzen is in his 12th season as head women’s basketball coach at Loras College. Heinzen, the program’s all-time wins leader, has compiled an overall coaching record of 180-116, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last five seasons. Through 11 years, Heinzen, a two-time IIAC Coach of the Year, has a 101-67 record in IIAC games, which ranks ninth all-time in conference history.
This past season marked the fifth consecutive year that a Loras player claimed IIAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and the third straight for senior Lori Obendorf. Among a long list of accolades, Obendorf garnered the programs first Academic-All American and was one of only 15 players in the nation to receive that level of award. Obendorf also joined the 1,000-point club and finished second all-time at Loras in rebounding and third all-time in career blocked shots. After starting the conference year 0-4, Heinzen’s club rebounded with a 10-6 record and qualified for the IIAC Tournament for the 17th straight season before falling in the semifinals
The 2015-2016 season saw the Duhawks capture the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after compiling a 19-9 overall record (10-4 IIAC). Senior point guard Katilin Phillips, the programs ninth member of the 1,000 point club, was recognized as the only female NCAA Division III student-athlete on the WBCA All-State Good Works Team in Indianapolis and followed with the programs first IIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
In 2013-2014, Heinzen led the Duhawks to a 19-9 overall record (12-2 IIAC) and their first outright conference title in program history. Individually, Katie Langmeier garnered recognition as the program’s first IIAC MVP and most-recent All-American.
In Heinzen's first season at Loras, he led the Duhawks to what was the program's third-best season in terms of winning percentage (.680) in 2007-2008. After a program-best 10-0 start, which is also a record for most consecutive wins in a season, Loras wrapped up the 2007 calendar year with a 23-3 record, good for seventh-best in NCAA Division III.
Heinzen has coached 20 players to all-conference honors, including 13 First Team selections. In the last 10 seasons, no women’s basketball team has been more represented on the IIAC All-Academic team than the Duhawks, who’ve totaled 55 selections.
Prior to arriving at Loras, Heinzen spent two seasons (2005-2007) serving as an assistant coach at Lakeland College under one of the NCAA Division III’s all-time winningest coaches, April Arvan. In two seasons at Lakeland, the Muskies went 34-17 overall, capturing a Lake Michigan Conference regular season and tournament championship while making their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Heinzen graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in American History and a minor in political science. A 1999 graduate of Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Heinzen resides in Dubuque with his wife, Kristina, and two children, Paityn and Brayden.
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