|Alma Mater:||Mount St. Claire|
Heiar (pronounced “higher”) came to LSU after six seasons as an assistant coach at Wichita State.
In Heiar’s six years at Wichita State, the Shockers posted 179 wins and five Missouri Valley Conference regular season championships and six consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the 2013 NCAA Final Four. He worked extensively with the guards and helped mentor All-Americans Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet.
In his first season at LSU, the Tigers returned to post-season play for the first time since 2015 and Heiar was involved in helping LSU to the No. 4 ranked recruiting class in the national rankings.
Prior to his years at Wichita State, Heiar also served two seasons as an assistant coach at Southern Miss and five seasons as head coach at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College.
Both Baker and VanVleet would sign NBA contracts after the conclusion of their senior seasons in 2016. VanVleet would earn Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors in both 2014 and 2016 finishing as the school’s career assists and steals leader. Baker would finish in the top 10 of WSU’s career scoring list.
In that 2016 season, WSU was the only team in Division I to surrender fewer than 60 points per game (59.0) and the team’s +5.6 turnover margin ranked second nationally. Baker and VanVleet combined for a 2.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and recorded as many steals (108) as they had turnovers (108).
At LSU in his first season, LSU point guards Tremont Waters and Skylar Mays averaged a combined 27.2 points a game and posted 295 assists to 152 turnovers. In 18 SEC games, their combined numbers were 155 assists and just 66 turnovers.
The 43-year-old Heiar was part of the Shocker program in 2012-13 when the team defeated Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, LaSalle and Ohio State to advance to the NCAA Final Four.
Heiar worked primarily with the Shocker backcourt during his time at Wichita State.
At Southern Miss, Heiar helped the Eagles to a pair of 20-win seasons (2009-11). The 2009-10 squad reached the Conference USA semifinals and a postseason bid in the CIT.
Before moving to Southern Miss, he served six years at Chipola Junior College, including the last five as the head coach (2004-09). His teams won 164 games during his head coaching tenure and was named Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year five times and Regional VIII Coach of the Year four times.
His team won five Panhandle Conference titles and had four appearances in the National JC Tournament, including a third place finish in 2009 when his team posted a 35-2 record. .
In his time as head coach, Heiar coached 40 all-conference players and sent 39 players to Division I schools.
As a player, Heiar, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, earned second-team all-region honors at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa after leading his team to the JC Nationals for the first time in school history. That year he helped his team to a 25-10 record and a conference championship.
He would end up at Mount St. Clare College (later Franciscan University) in Clinton, Iowa, where he was a two-year captain and team MVP. He was a first-team all-conference choice and led the team to its first conference title in school history. He graduated from Mount St. Clare in 2000.
He started his coaching career there as a student assistant before becoming a grad assistant and later full-time assistant at Loras College in Iowa.
Heiar and his wife, Jessica, have one daughter, Alexis.
THE HEIAR FILE
Year at LSU: Second
Birthdate: August 14, 1975
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
College: Mount St. Clare, ‘00
College Coaching Experience
2000-01: Student Assistant, Mount St. Clare College
2001-02: Graduate Assistant, Loras College
2002-03: Assistant Coach, Loras College
2003-04: Assistant Coach, Chipola JC
2004-09: Head Coach, Chipola JC
2009-11: Assistant Coach, Southern Miss
2011-17: Assistant Coach, Wichita State
2017- : Assistant Coach, LSU