Tom Heil is the new men's basketball coach at Baldwin Wallace. He is a familiar face to the BW campus community and its basketball program after serving as Duane Sheldon's assistant coach for five seasons. He returns to BW after serving as the head coach this past season at Defiance and taking his team to the Division III NCAA Tournament.
'We are excited to have Tom back at BW," said athletic director Kris Diaz. "He did an excellent job as our assistant basketball coach and head men's golf coach. He is passionate about BW and our basketball program and has played a major role in the recruitment of many of our returning players. He is looking forward to having an opportunity to coach them.
"Tom did an excellent job in his only year at Defiance and led them to a regular season and tournament title as well as an NCAA bid," continued Diaz. "We are looking forward to him bringing this valuable experience back to BW and build upon the successful tradition of our basketball program. He cares about his players and is concerned about their total growth and development as students, players and quality young men. We welcome him back to BW."
At every stop during Heil's playing and coaching career, he has had success.
In 2014-2015, Heil led Defiance to a 22-7 record, including a 15-0 mark at home, captured both the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and HCAC Tournament titles and led the Yellow Jackets to their first-ever Division III NCAA Tournament victory.
In five seasons on the BW coaching staff, Heil helped guide the team as an assistant to a 58-44 overall and 49-33 Ohio Athletic Conference mark. He also served as the men's golf coach, led the team to its first-ever OAC title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2014 and was the OAC coach of the year.
Heil came to BW the first time after serving as an assistant coach at Defiance (2007-2009). Those two seasons, DC posted marks of 19 and 18 wins, respectively, and captured the 2007-08 HCAC regular season championship.
"I cannot express how honored I feel to be named the head men's basketball coach at Baldwin Wallace University," said Heil. "I would like to thank the university, athletics director Kris Diaz and the entire search committee for offering me this tremendous opportunity. BW is a very special place to my wife and me. I have always dreamed of being the head coach here. Also, a special thanks to former head coach Duane Sheldon who gave me an opportunity to be his assistant for five great years at BW. Without him I would not be here.
"I have tremendous respect for the great tradition of this basketball program and all the great players and teams that have come before us," continued Heil. "The coaches and student-athletes in this program will work extremely hard every day to uphold that tradition and represent this program and university with class. I look forward to getting to work."
Heil played four seasons of varsity basketball at Bluffton. During his time with the Beavers, Heil was twice named to the Academic All-HCAC team. He also captained the 2006-07 squad that finished with a school-record tying 18 wins.
Heil earned his bachelor of arts degree in business administration at Bluffton in 2007. He earned his master’s in sports science from Defiance in 2009. Tom and his wife, Kathleen Heil, were married in August of 2013.