University of Iowa Athletics
Assistant, Strength & Conditioning

Drew Heitland

Drew Heitland - Football - University of Iowa Athletics


Drew Heitland is in his second year with the University of Iowa football program. He currently serves as assistant strength and conditioning coach after previously serving as manager of nutrition and performance analytics.

Heitland prepares daily analytic reports for student-athlete recovery, manages GPS technology and Fatigue Science performance tracking data, coach’s athletes on proper exercise technique, and assists with other areas of the strength and conditioning program.

Following back-to-back narrow losses to open the 2020 season, Iowa won six straight games, all in Big Ten play, to complete the regular season. The Hawkeyes were ranked 15th in the nation in the final CFP rankings and coaches poll, and 16th by the Associated Press.

Iowa has won three straight postseason games and 12 straight nonconference games. The Hawkeyes were selected to compete in the 2020 Music City Bowl, but that event was canceled. Iowa’s streak of eight straight bowl invitations matches the longest in school history.

Iowa won 47 games from 2015-19, the highest total in school history over any five-year period, and a total that ranked ninth nationally. Iowa won its final four games in 2019 and ranked 15th in the nation in the final Associated Press and coaches polls.

Heitland returned to the Hawkeye program from the University of Missouri, where he was an assistant athletic performance coach in 2019. Heitland served as an intern with the Iowa strength and condition program from May-August, 2018. Along with his previous internship with Iowa football, Heitland was a strength and conditioning intern at Coe College during the 2017-18 academic year.

Heitland holds CSCS certification, K-12 teaching authorization, and Coaching Authorization from the state of Iowa. He holds his Health Endorsement and is American Red Cross certified for CPR/AED/First Aid.

Heitland earned his bachelor’s degree from Coe College in 2018, majoring in physical education with a strength and conditioning emphasis. He will earn his master’s degree in exercise science from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2020.

Heitland was born 1996, and is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.