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2020 Inside Baseball Coaches Clinic Features UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Head Coach Rick Heller
Rick Heller has turned the University of Iowa baseball program into a perennial Big Ten Conference and NCAA contender in his first five seasons as the Hawkeyes' head coach. He has injected a new life into the Iowa program, leading the Hawkeyes to 173 victories -- an average of 34.6 wins per season -- advancing to two NCAA Regional competitions and claiming the first Big Ten Tournament title in program history. The 2017 title was Iowa's first since winning the regular-season crown in 1990. Under Heller's watch, Iowa has advanced to the postseason in five consecutive years for the first time in program history.
The Eldon, Iowa, native became the 20th head coach in program history in 2013 -- his fourth stop as a collegiate head coach. He has enjoyed seasons spent at Iowa (2014-present)
As a player at Upper Iowa from 1982-86, he was a four-year starter at shortstop and he also lettered in football and basketball. He is a member of the Upper Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame along with the American Baseball Coaches Association and serves on the ABCA All-American Committee. He is also a member of the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Associations. In 2008, he was inducted into the IHSBCA Hall of Fame, and in 2017, he received the Harold "Pinky" Primrose Award.
Heller lives with his wife, Rachelle, and their three daughters -- Tara, Alyssa, and Vivienne.
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