JEFF HEITZENRATER is the head coach for the University of the South men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field teams. The 2017 cross-country season is his 18th as head women's coach and his 19th as head men's coach. He has also coached the men's track and field team for 19 seasons and the women's team for 17. Heitzenrater is in his 27th year with the university, and worked the first seven years in the Office of Admission.
A 1990 graduate of Duke University, Heitzenrater was a 400 and 800 meter runner for the Blue Devils track team under Hall of Fame coach Al Buehler. He holds a USA Track & Field Level 2 Certification in Endurance Events and Jumps and is a member of the U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association. Heitzenrater also received a Masters in Sport Administration from Belmont University in 2009.
He and his wife, Kim, C'89, live in Sewanee with their sons, Andrew, 20, and Larson, 16.
The Heitzenrater File
2012 SAA Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year
All-Conference Runners (SCAC and SAA) - Cross Country: total - 39, men - 22, women - 17
NCAA All-Region Runners - Cross Country: total - 38, men - 23, women - 15
NCAA National Qualifiers - Cross Country: total - 8, men - 7, women - 1
All-Academic Teams - Cross Country: men - 18, women - 16
All-Conference Track Athletes : total - 118, men - 84, women - 34
NCAA National Qualifiers - Track 2005 and 2006: Jane Johnson (javelin), 2012: Sally Warm (high jump)
Academic All-Americans - Track 2006: Jane Johnson