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Brian Heffernan
Brian Heffernan

Assistant Coach

Brian Heffernan is in his second year as an assistant coach at Wisconsin. Heffernan comes to the Badgers from Washington State, where he was 39-87 in four years as the head of the Cougar program. He coached four athletes to Pac-10 All-Freshman team honors while the Cougars led the league in blocks per game in 2005. Heffernan's athletes were outstanding academically with one Academic All-American, three all-region academic honorees and 12 members of the Pac-10 All-Academic teams. His team also recorded the highest grade point average in program history in 2007.

Prior to Washington State, Heffernan was an assistant coach and associate head coach at the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers claimed the 2002 Big Ten Conference championship and reached the 2003 NCAA Championship semi-final match. The 2002 and 2000 Minnesota teams made NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances along with a second-round appearance by the 2001 squad. In addition to his coaching duties at Minnesota, Heffernan assisted Minnesota head coach Mike Hebert and the U.S. National Team in their training for the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.

Heffernan has international experience as part of the coaching staff of three U.S. women's national teams. He was an assistant coach with the 2003 U.S. Women's Pan-American team in the Dominican Republic and also served as the head coach of the 1999 U.S. Women's Junior National team. The junior national team competed in the 1999 World Championships in Saskatoon, Canada. Heffernan also served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Women's Youth National team at the 1998 NORCECA Championships in Puerto Rico. In 2009, he coached one of USA Volleyball's, A3 girls camps.

He also volunteered as an assistant with the women's volleyball program at Cal State Los Angeles in 1998 and with the Pepperdine men's volleyball team from 1994-96. Heffernan served as an assistant men's coach at his alma mater, Penn State, in 1994 and aided the team to the 1994 NCAA Championship.

Heffernan, a native of Eden, N.Y., earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education and biological studies in 1993 from Penn State. He was a member of the Nittany Lion men's volleyball squad from 1991-1993 and played in three NCAA national semi-finals. Heffernan also achieved his master's of education degree in exercise physiology from Minnesota in 2005.

An active club coach, Heffernan founded the Renegade Volleyball Club in 1995, serving as director and head coach through 1999. The club produced two-time UW first-team All-American Sherisa Livingston and won a silver medal at the 1998 USA Junior National Championships.

Heffernan is also the co-owner of Diggin' It Volleyball Camps Inc., which currently runs successful volleyball camps in Minnesota and Wyoming.

Heffernan and his wife Carol have three daughters, Kate (7), Jane (5) and Lucy (born September 2008).


Family: Wife - Carol; Daughters - Kate (7), Jane (5) and Lucy (born September 2008)

Education: Bachelor's degree in secondary education and biological sciences; Penn State, 1993; Masters of Education; Minnesota, 2006

Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach, University of Wisconsin, 2008-present; Head Coach, Washington State University, 2004-07; Diggin' It Volleyball, Inc. Co-Owner of Camps, 2001-06; Associate Head Coach, University of Minnesota, 2000-04; Founder, Head Coach and Director, Renegade Volleyball Club, 1995-99; Head Coach and Co-Director, Asics Nova Volleyball Club, 2000; Volunteer Assistant Coach, Pepperdine University Men's Volleyball, 1994-96; Assistant Coach, Penn State Men's Volleyball, 1993-94

USA Volleyball Coaching Experience: A3 Girls Training Camp, 2009; Training Assistant, USA Women's Pan-Am Games, 2003; Head Coach, USA Women's Junior National Team, World Championships, 1999; Assistant Coach, USA Women's Youth National Team, NORCECA Championships, 1998

Playing experience: Penn State University, 1991-93,; NCAA Final Four (1991, 1992, 1993); team representative to Penn State Student-Athlete Advisory Board; earned academic achievement award for student athletes 1991-93

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