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Jim Heacock
Title Defensive coordinator
College Ohio State University
Sport College football
Place of birth Alliance, Ohio
Career highlights
Overall 37-49-2
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
1967-1970 Muskingum
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Muskingum (DB)
Muskingum (DC)
Bowling Green (DL)
Bowling Green (DC)
Washington (DL)
Illinois State
Ohio State (DL)
Ohio State (DC)

Jim Heacock is the defensive coordinator of the Ohio State University football team. Heacock has been a coach since 1971.[1] He was an assistant coach for the University of Washington Huskies from 1983–1987. 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.[2] At Illinois State he employed future University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer.[3]

In 1996, Heacock joined the Ohio State University 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. 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 least number of 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 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".[4] 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."[1]


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Preceded by
Bud Foster
Broyles Award for Assistant Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Kevin R. Wilson

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