Mike Heideman completed his sixth season at Washington State University and third as the director of player development and operations in 2008-09. Heideman came to WSU with former head coach Dick Bennett in 2003, whom he was an assistant to at Wisconsin-Green Bay from 1986-95.
At WSU, Heideman served as an assistant coach from 2003-06 and as the director of player development/operations from 2006-09. At WSU his duties included serving as the academic liaison and organizing community events, as well as day-to-day and game day coaching duties. In his stint as director of player development/operations, 10 Cougars earned Pacific-10 First Team All-Academic honors, two earning Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
During his time as an assistant at UWGB, Heideman coordinated all recruiting efforts and played an integral role in UWGB capturing the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title in 1992 and 1994. During that era, Heideman helped guide the Phoenix to Mid-Continent Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament automatic berths in 1991 and 1994. He also helped lead UWGB to a Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995.
Following the 1994-95 season, Heideman succeeded Bennett as the head coach of the Phoenix and found immediate success. He led UWGB to the Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular season championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament during his first season (1995-96). His team was ranked as high as 22nd by the Associated Press and 23rd in the USA Today/CNN Coaches poll.
Heideman's efforts earned him the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 1996. He was also selected as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 11 Coach of the Year and Wisconsin Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1996.
During his seven seasons at UWGB, Heideman compiled a record of 110-95. He spent one season as an assistant at Valparaiso before joining the Cougars' staff in April 2003.
Prior to UWGB, Heideman was the head men's basketball coach at St. Norbert College (1982-86), an NCAA Division III school in DePere, Wis. He was selected NABC Division III Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1984 and received the Contribution to Basketball Award for the State of Wisconsin in 1986. His 66-25 mark at St. Norbert's gives him a career record of 176-120 in 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
In addition to his collegiate background, Heideman owns high school coaching experience at Xavier in Appleton, Wis., and Augusta (Wis.). In 11 seasons, Heideman compiled a prep record of 158-52.
He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He and his wife Sally have two sons, David and Timothy.