Another IU coach resigns

For the second time this week, Indiana has announced that one of its long-time coaches is stepping down. This time, it is men’s and women’s head track coach Randy Heisler who is resigning.

The resignation of Heisler is more surprising than the announcement early this week that volleyball coach Katie Weismiller had resigned. Heisler had led the IU men’s team to its best finish in school history, fifth place, at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2005.

And with the 2007 indoor track season starting in early January, the timing of the resignation is unusual. We will look into this situation further and let you know what we find out.

Here is an edited version of the news release IU sent out this afternoon:

Randy Heisler has resigned his position as Indiana University¹s men’s and women’s head track coach effective immediately, the Indiana athletic department announced Saturday.

“I am grateful to everyone at Indiana University for the opportunity to be a
part of this program for the past 17 years and to work with so many talented
student-athletes,” Heisler said in a news release. “However, I am looking forward to exploring other opportunities.”

Heisler served as an assistant coach at Indiana for nine years before becoming the head coach of the women’s track and field team in 1999. He assumed the title of director of track and field in 2003, serving as the head coach for both the men¹s and women’s programs.

During Heisler’s tenure, the women¹s track and field program captured three Big Ten championships while the men’s team recorded its best finish ever at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships (5th place). Under the tutelage of the former Olympian thrower, the Hoosiers captured 27 individual Big Ten titles and earned 34 all-America honors in the discus and shot put events.

“We appreciate Coach Heisler’s years of service to Indiana University,” athletic director Rick Greenspan said. “We wish Randy and his family nothing but the best in their future endeavors.”

According to the IU press release, IU will conduct a national search for a replacement and an interim coach will be identified soon.