11/8/2012 11:51:00 AM
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Christopher Newport University head track & field coach Tyler Wingard has announced the addition of Alex Heacock to his staff.
A 2009 graduate of William & Mary and a collegiate throwing coach during the past three years, Heacock brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the CNU track & field team.
“We are very excited to add Coach Heacock to our staff,” said Wingard. “He has very quickly made a name for himself as an outstanding throws coach as demonstrated by his invitation to the Olympic Training Center for USA Track & Field's Emerging Elite Coaches' Camp. He has a knack for getting big improvements out of his throwers, and we are looking forward to his contributions to our program.”
A USATF Level I certified coach, Heacock kicked off his professional career as the throws coach at North Park University in Chicago during the 2009-10 season. Over the next two campaigns, he served in the same role at Benedictine University from 2010-12.
Over the past three years, Heacock has helped his student-athletes achieve record-setting performances and national honors. He has coached one All-American, five NCAA provisional qualifiers, and six conference record-holders. Additionally, his athletes have captured eight individual league championships and earned three “Field Athlete of the Meet” awards during those title competitions.
During his collegiate career, Heacock was a three-time All-CAA selection at William & Mary and took home the 2007 conference javelin title. A three-time IC4A qualifier, he served as SAAC Vice President before earning a degree in Kinesiology.
“I am extremely excited to return to Virginia to continue my coaching career at Christopher Newport University, and am very thankful for the opportunity afforded to me by Tyler Wingard,” said Heacock, who lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Ashley. “A strong commitment to academic excellence, the beautiful campus, and an outstanding history of athletic success make CNU a very desirable place to be. I look forward to building on the storied tradition of Captain track and field, and will work hard, alongside our student-athletes, to increase the prominence of our throwers on both the conference and national levels."