Loras College’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach, Justin Heinzen, is in his seventh season as head coach of the Duhawks. In six seasons at Loras, Heinzen has compiled an overall coaching record of 93-67.
Playing in the third strongest conference in NCAA Division III, Heinzen guided the 2012-2013 Duhawks to an 18-9 overall record, which was good for the second-highest winning percentage in school history. Ranked as high as 28th in the country after a 16-3 start, the Duhawks advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament before eventually falling to Sweet 16 finalist Simpson College, 76-68. It marked the 4th time in the last 6 years the Duhawks have made the semifinals and the program’s 12th straight appearance conference tournament.
Along with the on-court success, eight players were named to the IIAC All-Academic Team, the most in the league. Two players were IIAC All-Conference recipients, and the team finished with a 3.39 grade point average. Through six seasons, Heinzen has coached 12 all-conference players and 29 all-academic performers.
In Heinzen's first season at Loras, he led the Duhawks to 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 the entire NCAA Division III.
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 the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, Reedsville (Wis.) School District, and for Higher Level Camps AAU program.
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 lettered in basketball, baseball, and cross country for the Lancers. Today, the Manitowoc, Wis., native resides in Dubuque with his wife, Kristina, and daughter, Paityn.
Lynsey Barnard enter her fourth season with the women’s basketball team as an assistant coach and her first with women’s golf team as their head coach.
Barnard is a 2010 graduate of Monmouth College where she received a degree in Biopsychology.
While at Monmouth, she participated on the women's golf and basketball teams. She is the first women's basketball player to have four consecutive winning seasons and served as her squad's captain during her senior campaigns in both basketball and golf.
Barnard was named to the Midwest Conference All-Conference basketball team twice as well as the Academic All-Conference team three times. She also represented the golf team as a two time All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, and Academic All-American.
Lynsey received her secondary education teaching certification with a biology endorsement from Loras in 2012. She works with the guards and assists in all facets of the program.
Barnard is a native of Pekin, Ilinois.
Jason Bowman enters his 4th 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 begins her second year with the Duhawks as an assistant. 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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