Justin Heinzen - Head Coach - 7th Season
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.