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Former UC Davis women's basketball standout Heidi Heintz returns to her alma mater and joins the Aggies' coaching staff as the program's Director of Basketball Operations beginning with the 2014-15 campaign.
"I am excited to return to the Aggie family," Heintz said. "To be part of such an accomplished and experienced staff will be an invaluable experience. They are brilliant coaches, amazing people, and I look forward to learning from some of the best."
Heintz replaces Britinee Yasukochi, who accepted a spot on the bench as an assistant coach at the University of San Francisco after spending three seasons with the Aggies as the program's first-ever Director of Basketball Operations. The former Aggie standout will assist the coaching staff in various administrative capacities such as film breakdown and exchange, camps and clinics, team travel, and alumni/community relations.
A native of Spokane, Wash., Heintz was a versatile two-year letter winner at UC Davis from 2009-11 after spending her first two collegiate seasons with the Dons. She was a second-team All-Big West Conference selection as a junior in 2010, ranking second on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and leading the team with 145 rebounds (4.5 rpg) while shooting just under 49 percent from the field and 86 percent from the line -- the latter good for second in the Big West -- helping the Aggies to a WNIT berth and a 21-11 overall record in their second full season at the Division I level.
As a senior, Heintz ranked third on the team in scoring (9.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (4.8 rpg), shooting 49 percent from the floor and leading the team with 87 assists, helping pace UC Davis to a Big West Conference Tournament title and the program's first-ever Division I NCAA berth against eventual national semifinalist Stanford. She was honored by the Big West coaches with second-team all-league laurels for the second consecutive year at the conclusion of the regular season and earned a spot on the Big West All-Tournament Team.
Following her collegiate days, Heintz continued to shine on the court, playing professionally in Europe for Club FoA in Finland in 2011-12 and for the ChemCats in Chemnitz, Germany, in 2012-13, finishing undefeated in league play with the latter en route to a Bundesliga II German Championship. She averaged 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 28 contests during her stay in Germany, shooting just over 56 percent from the field and 77 percent from the line.
Upon her return to the United States, Heintz was an assistant coach for the junior varsity and varsity programs at Ballard High School in Seattle, Wash., while also coaching various age groups with the AAU Hoopaholics Academy.
A two-time Big West All-Academic Team selection, Heintz graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise biology in 2011.