Rick Heller has turned the University of Iowa baseball program into a perennial Big Ten Conference and NCAA contender in his first four seasons as the Hawkeyes' head coach.
Heller has injected new life into the Iowa program, leading the Hawkeyes to the best four-year stretch in program history, winning 140 games, advancing to two NCAA Regionals, and claiming the first Big Ten Tournament title in program history. It was Iowa's first conference title since winning the regular season crown in 1990.
Under Heller's watch, Iowa has advanced to the postseason in four consecutive years for the first time in program history, he has coached five All-Americans and at least one first-team All-Big Ten selection each season, and Iowa has had 15 Major League Baseball Draft picks in four seasons -- the most in a four-year stretch all-time.
Heller has also given the Hawkeyes an international flavor, taking the team to the Dominican Republic in 2016 and Taipei, Taiwan, as the United States representative at the 2017 World University Games. Heller led USA to a silver medal, as the team became the first American squad to medal in Universiade history.
Heller is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and serves on the ABCA All-American Committee. He is also a member of the Indiana and Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Associations. In 2008, he was inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Heller has three daughters -- Tara, Alyssa, and Vivienne. His wife's name is Rachelle.