April 8, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University Head Men's Basketball Coach Dick Bennett announced the hiring of Mike Heideman as an assistant coach for the Cougars, Tuesday. Heideman reunites with Bennett after spending nine seasons (1987-95) as an assistant to the legendary Wisconsin coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay.
"Mike has been with me in building programs," Bennett said. "He is one of the most respected coaches in the Midwest. Our players will learn to love him as I do."
Heideman comes to WSU from Valparaiso where he spent the 2002-03 season as an assistant coach. Prior to that, he was the head coach at UWGB for seven seasons (1996-2002).
Born in Appleton, Wis., Heideman led the Phoenix to the Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular season championship in 1996 and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He was named MCC Coach of the Year that season as well as Wisconsin Collegiate Coach of the Year and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District XII Coach of the Year. UWGB was ranked as high as 22nd in the Associated Press poll in 1996. During his tenure with the Phoenix, he compiled a record of 110-95.
As an assistant at UWGB, Heideman coordinated all recruiting efforts and played in integral role in the Phoenix capturing MCC regular season titles in 1992 and 1994. During that era, he helped guide UWGB to Mid-Con Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament automatic berths in 1991, 1994 and 1995.
In 1994, 12th-seeded UWGB upset fifth-seeded California, which featured Jason Kidd, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Heideman was also the head coach from 1982-86 at St. Norbert College, an NCAA Division III school located in DePere, Wis., near Green Bay. He was selected as NABC Division III NCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1984 and received the Contribution to Basketball Award for the State of Wisconsin in 1986. He was 66-25 at St. Norbert.
In addition to his collegiate background, Heideman owns high school head coaching experience at Xavier High School in Appleton, Wis., and Augusta (Wis.) High School. In 11 seasons, Heideman recorded a prep record of 158-52. He earned his bachelor's and master's degree in physical education from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1971 and 1979, respectively.
He and his wife Sally have two grown sons, David and Timothy.