Director of Athletics
Since taking over the program, Johnson County has enjoyed its most competitively successful period in the history of its intercollegiate athletics program. Under Heinrich’s watch at JCCC, the Cavaliers have claimed nine of the school’s 11 NJCAA National Championships, 75 Region VI titles, 81 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference titles and at total of 196 teams have earned NJCAA National Tournament berths, with 60 finishing among the top five nationally.
Also during that time, Johnson County has achieved a top 10 finish in 10 of the 12 years the NATYCAA Cup has been awarded, including three third place finishes, two runners-up and a national cup championship in 2007-08, making Johnson County the only KJCCC program to earn that distinction.
Along with the unprecedented on-the-field successes, JCCC also reached new heights in the classroom. During his 17 years as Director of Athletics, Johnson County student-athletes have earned 270 of the program’s 324 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards, over 83 percent of the honors awarded.
Heinrich has overseen dramatic construction, renovation and expansion of JCCC’s athletic facilities, including the completion and opening of the 43,000-square foot Fieldhouse, Barbara Gill Lifetime Fitness Center, new offices for coaching staff, a conference room and weight rooms. Most recently, Heinrich oversaw renovations to the locker room facilities, indoor track and redesign of the JCCC baseball complex, including a state-of-the art AstroTurf grass playing surface, dugouts, backstop and fencing and installation of lighting.
In addition to spearheading the Cavaliers success on the field, Heinrich has also helped elevate the exposure of the program on a national level. In 2004, Heinrich secured the bid for JCCC to host the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship. Heinrich also helped JCCC secure the bid to host the NJCAA Half Marathon Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The 2008 Half Marathon Championship featured the largest field in the championship’s history. In the spring of 2012, Heinrich secured a three-year bid for JCCC to host the D-II Women’s Basketball Championship, beginning in 2014. The 2015 championship marked the 40th anniversary of the women’s national tournament, which was founded by JCCC’s first Director of Athletics, Orville Gregory, and fittingly, the Lady Cavaliers captured the national title.
Heinrich holds a professional membership in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and served on the executive committee representing two-year colleges. Heinrich also served three years as treasurer for the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators, one year as second vice president, and served as President of NATYCAA for the 2009-10 academic year. He now is a lifetime member of NATYCAA’s Executive Committee. Heinrich also served three years as the assistant Region VI director for women’s athletics, and this fall he began his ninth year as director of Region VI women’s athletics. He also serves on the KJCCC Executive Committee and as secretary/treasurer for the conference. Heinrich also was elected to serve on the NJCAA Executive Committee in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and currently serves on the Division II women’s basketball, softball and districting committees for the NJCAA. He also is NJCAA Chair for D-II volleyball and women’s golf. Heinrich currently chairs the NJCAA Eligibility Committee and is vice chair of districting of NJCAA Division II. He previously served as chair for Women’s D-II Basketball Committee and D-II District Committee and D-II volleyball and women’s golf.
Heinrich’s leadership and service to community college athletics has earned him praise and accolades during his 16-year tenure. He was named the NATYCAA/AstroTurf Athletic Director of the Year for 2007-08, and in April 2011 at the NJCAA annual meetings, Heinrich was awarded the George E. Killian Award of Excellence. This is award is given to individuals dedicated to the ideals of volunteerism, achievement, service, leadership and excellence. In June 2013, Heinrich was selected the 2013 winner of the L. William Miller Award by the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA). He was given the award at the NATYCAA Convention in Orlando. The L. William Miller award is NATYCAA’s highest award, and is given annually to recognize athletics administration excellence on the two-year level. Heinrich was the 21st recipient of this award. Heinrich currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau and is the 1st Vice Chairperson. He previously served as the secretary/treasurer.
Before his appointment as athletic director, Heinrich served two years as academic director of physical education and athletics at JCCC. Heinrich monitored the eligibility of JCCC’s student-athletes and coordinated the curriculum of the HPER department. Heinrich also served two years as program manager of athletics in which he monitored all facility operations for the athletic department and scheduled all events.
Heinrich also served six successful seasons as the Cavaliers’ assistant baseball coach under Kent Shelly. During their time together, he helped the program post a 179-103 mark (.635), win two Eastern Sub-Regional titles and a Region VI title. The Cavaliers also had six players signed or drafted by Major League Baseball teams. In January 1999, Heinrich was appointed interim coach for the season. He led the Cavaliers to a 28-19 mark. His 28 wins are the best by a first-year coach in the history of the program. That season he had eight players earn all-conference honors.
Heinrich arrived at JCCC in 1991 after serving as head baseball coach at Highland Community College. A 1978 graduate of the University of Kansas, Heinrich was a former co-captain for the Jayhawks baseball team and served as a graduate assistant.
Heinrich was a four-year standout at first base for the Jayhawks, and ended his KU career with a lifetime .288 average, and a reputation as one of the best glove men in the Big 8. He also set school career records for at-bats (648), hits (135) and doubles (19). He also was one of a handful of Jayhawks to pick up four hits in one game.
Before becoming head coach at Highland, he played professionally for the Class A McAllen Dusters of the Lone Star Texas League. Heinrich earned his master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University in 1985.
Heinrich and his wife, Debbie, have three sons: Kyle, Cal and C.J, and four grandsons, Carter, Cash, Hank and Tufff, and two granddaughters, Harper and Kamryn.