Jim Heacock
Jim Heacock

Defensive Coordinator

12th Season

Muskingum, 1970

Jim Heacock is in his 12th year as a member of the Ohio State football staff. After serving as the Buckeyes' defensive line coach for nine seasons, he was elevated to defensive coordinator prior to the beginning of the 2005 season.

In 2006, the Buckeyes allowed 12.8 points a game. They also ranked among the national leaders in rushing and total defense.

A native of Alliance, Ohio and a graduate of Muskingum College, the highly respected Heacock is in his 35th year in the coaching profession.

Heacock came to Ohio State in 1996 as an assistant under John Cooper. When Jim Tressel replaced Cooper after the 2000 season, Heacock was one of three assistant coaches retained from the previous staff.

Heacock graduated from Muskingum in 1970. He began his coaching career in 1971 as an assistant at Marlington High School in northeast Ohio. He launched his collegiate career in 1972 as a graduate assistant coach under Don Nehlen at Bowling Green.

Heacock's first full-time coaching opportunity came in 1973, when he returned to Muskingum to coach the defensive secondary. After two years in that role, he was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Heacock left Muskingum in 1978 to return to Bowling Green. He spent five years there and was assistant head coach in 1981 and '82. The 1982 Falcons won the Mid-America Conference title and played in the California Bowl.

Following the 1982 season, Heacock became defensive line coach at the University of Washington. During his five years at the Pac-10 school (1983-87), the Huskies played in five bowl games.

In 1988, Heacock was named head coach at Illinois State University, coaching there until coming to Ohio State as defensive tackles coach. In 2000, he took over the entire defensive front. He was named assistant head coach in 2004.

Jim and his wife, Sherry, have two daughters Stephanie (9/10/81) and Shannon (4/11/83).