Stacey Heintz enters her 13th season as a member of the USF coach staff. Heintz currently serves as assistant coach under head coach Ken Eriksen.
Heintz joined Eriksen’s staff in 1997 and has helped guide the program to new heights.
As head coach Ken Eriksen’s “right-hand man,” Heintz is responsible for many aspects of the day-to-day coaching duties. Off the field, she helps ensure that her players are maintaining expected academic standards and is instrumental in the recruiting process, serving as Eriksen’s chief talent scout.
“Stacey does much, much more than the average assistant coach,” Eriksen said. “Our players trust her dearly, both on and off the field. Without her help, this program would surely not be as successful as it is today. In other words, I’d be up a creek without a paddle.”
On the field, Heintz helps the staff analyze hitting and works extensively with the Bulls outfield.
“Where she has brought our outfield in her time here has been a phenomenal turnaround,” praises Eriksen.
A former outfielder herself, Heintz helped her 1992 University of Massachusetts squad to a third-place finish in the College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. She also helped lead the Minutemen to four-straight Atlantic 10 titles and two NCAA Regional appearances and was honored as a member of the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament team in 1992. In her senior year, the UMass captain was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team as well as Atlantic 10 All-Academic team.
After finishing her collegiate playing career, Heintz spent a year at Hofstra as an assistant coach before heading back to her alma mater to serve as an assistant for the next two seasons. She joined Eriksen’s staff in his first year as head coach in 1997.
Heintz earned her bachelor’s degree in sports management from UMass in 1993 and then earned her master’s degree in higher education administration in 1996 from UMass as well.
She currently lives in Tampa with her husband Chris, whom she married on Nov. 28, 2003. Chris was a USF baseball player from 1993-96 and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1996. He played ball in the Minnesota Twins organization and with the Baltimore Orioles organization, before joining the Bulls’ baseball team as an assistant in 2011. The Heintz family has two sons, Ethan Christopher and Sam.