Heisler hired at Ball State

Randy Heisler, who resigned Dec. 2 as head track and field coach at Indiana, has accepted the same position at Ball State.

Ball State does not have a men’s track program, so as head coach for the Cardinals Heisler will be in charge of the women’s program.

“We are very fortunate to be in a position to have an individual of Randy’s caliber working with our women’s programs,” Ball State Athletics Director Tom Collins said in a news release. “His success speaks for itself and the relationships that he has developed in the state and throughout the country bolds well for the continued success of our program.”

When Heisler resigned at Indiana, there were rumblings of him having run-ins with IU’s athletic administration. But Heisler told the H-T he resigned because he was frustrated by the administrative burden of being the head coach for both men’s and women’s track at IU, and wanted to spend more time with his family.

In a news release announcing Heisler’s resignation, Greenspan thanked Heisler for his years of service and wished him the best in the future.

With Heisler having responsibility for only the women’s program at Ball State, that should allow him to do more coaching and less paperwork and recruiting than he had been responsible for at Indiana.

Heisler had been IU’s head women’s coach since 1999. He said that since adding the men’s program head coaching duties in 2004, he hadn’t been able to spend the time with his athletes that he felt he needed to.

Heisler started his IU coaching career as an assistant coach in 1989.

During his tenure as head coach, the women’s 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). A former Olympian thrower, the Hoosiers captured 27 individual Big Ten titles and earned 34 All-America honors in the discus and shot put events.

Heisler will start his new job Jan. 4.

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  1. My gut hunch would be to not extend Greenspans contract. I would prefer to have a Hoosier run the university and a Hoosier to run the athletic dept.

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