Jim Heacock
Jim  Heacock

Defensive Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Muskingum '70


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The Heacock File
Hometown: Alliance, Ohio
High School: West Branch High School
College: Muskingum College
Years in Coaching: 37
Wife: Sherry
Children: Stephanie, Shannon

Coaching Assignments

2005-Present Defensive Coordinator Ohio State University
1996-2004 Defensive Line Coach Ohio State University
1988-1995 Head Coach Illinois State University
1983-1987 Defensive Line University of Washington
1981-1982 Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Bowling Green State University
1978-1980 Defensive Line Bowling Green State University
1975-1977 Defensive Coordinator Muskingum College
1973-1974 Defensive Backs Muskingum College
1972 Graduate Assistant Bowling Green State University
1971 Assistant Coach Marlington High School

Jim Heacock is in his 15th 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.

The 2007 Ohio State defense ranked first in the nation in total defense (233 yds/gm), scoring defense (12.77 pts/gm) and pass defense (150.1 yds/gm). The Buckeyes were also among the NCAA Top 10 in rush defense (3), pass efficiency defense (4), sacks (6) and tackles for loss (8). As recognition for that effort, Heacock was selected as the 2007 winner of the Frank Broyles Award, presented to the nation's most outstanding assistant coach.

A native of Alliance, Ohio, and a graduate of Muskingum University, the highly respected Heacock is in his 39th year in the coaching profession. He was head coach at Illinois State from 1988-95, and has also served stints as an assistant at Washington, Bowling Green and Muskingum.

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 has been one of the leading defensive line coaches in the nation throughout his years at Ohio State, producing 25 defensive linemen who have made NFL rosters.

Heacock graduated from Muskingum in 1970. He was inducted into the Muskingum Hall of Fame in 1991. Jim and his wife, Sherry, an educator, have two daughters, Stephanie and Shannon.