Justin Heinzen is in his fifth season as the head women's basketball coach at Loras College. In four seasons at the helm of the Duhawks, Heinzen has compiled an overall coaching record of 61-46, which includes four straight appearances in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
Playing the 13th strongest schedule in NCAA Division III a season ago, Heinzen's Duhawks finished 15-12 overall and 10-6 for a fourth-place finish in the IIAC regular season standings. Loras advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the third straight year before being edged by top-seeded Coe College, 54-51. The IIAC champion Kohawks later advanced all the way to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Along with his team's strong tournament finish, Heinzen's squad maintained a 3.339 cumulative team grade point average and had three players land on the All-IIAC Academic Team. Heinzen, who is third at the school in both wins (61) and winning percentage (.570), has coached eight players to all-conference honors through four seasons.
In Heinzen's first season at Loras, he led the Duhawks to the program's second-best season in terms 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.
The 2008-2009 season was highlighted by a second place IIAC finish, a semifinal appearance in the conference tournament, a win over NCAA Division II opponent Upper Iowa, and a team grade point average of 3.307.
Prior to arriving at Loras, Heinzen spent two seasons (2005-2007) serving as an assistant coach at Lakeland College (Wis.) 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 its fifth appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
He began his coaching career at Manitowoc (Wis.) Lutheran High School and has held coaching positions at University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, Reedsville (Wis.) School District and Higher Level Camps, one of Wisconsin's premier AAU organizations.
Heinzen graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in American history with a minor in political science. A 1999 graduate of Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Heinzen lettered in basketball, baseball and cross country for the Lancers. Today, the Manitowoc, WI native resides in Dubuque with his wife Kristina.
Jason Bowman enters his 2nd season with the Duhawks as an assistant and Head Varsity Reserve Coach.
In Bowman's first season at Loras, he helped lead them to a 4thplace finish in the IIAC and a semifinal appearance in the IIAC Tournament. They finished the season with (15-12) record.
Bowman's responsibilities with the Duhawks include recruiting, scouting, monitoring academic success, individual workouts, and contributing to offensive and defensive strategies.
"It's been a great opportunity for me to be a part of the exceptional Duhawks tradition. The coaching staff, faculty and facilities are first-class, and it continues to be a great experience for me to grow as a coach."
In 2010, Bowman founded Team Fury Basketball, a competitive Iowa AAU high school girl's basketball program. His responsibilities include coaching, budgeting, fundraising, tournament scheduling, and individual workouts. His program has made an immediate impact for young athletes in the community and surrounding tri-state area.
Bowman began his coaching career in 2007 at Hempstead High School in Dubuque, IA. He served as head freshman coach for two seasons and assistant sophomore coach for one season. His role also extended to serve as an assistant varsity coach under current Hempstead High School head coach Everette Locklear from (2007-2010). He also developed and coordinated the programs Summer Strength & Conditioning workouts during his tenure.
Bowman graduated in 2004 from Trine University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and was a four year varsity sprinter for the Thunder. He currently works as a full-time on-site contractor for John Deere Construction and Forestry Division as a Team Lead and Embedded Software Engineer.
A native of Huntington, Indiana, and graduate of Huntington North High School where he was a three-sport athlete, Bowman has been in Dubuque since 2004.
Carrie Kennedy joins the Duhawks as an assistant this year. Kennedy graduated from Wahlert High School in 1994 where she played basketball, volleyball, softball, & track & field. A native of Dubuque and a Loras College graduate ('98), Kennedy is excited to be a part of the program again. "Choosing Loras is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It is a wonderful community that I am proud to be a part of."
As a player, Kennedy was a two time first team IIAC all conference player. She led the league in scoring her senior year, is a member of Loras' 1,000 point club and currently sits 6th all-time in both scoring and rebounding at Loras. After graduating in 1998, she joined the staff as a graduate assistant. She coached the Duhawks until 2001 while earning her Masters of Arts degree.
Kennedy is married to another Loras college graduate, Jim ('97), & they have three children.
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