Hellerball

Head coach Rick Heller has injected new life into the Iowa baseball program over the last seven years. He is one of two Iowa coaches all-time to lead the Hawkeyes to NCAA Regionals.

QUICK HITTERS UNDER COACH HELLER

Averaged 30.5 wins per season in his seven years at Iowa

Advanced to two NCAA Regionals (2017, 2015)

Claimed Iowa’s first Big Ten Tournament title (2017) in program history

Advanced to the Big Ten Tournament the last six seasons, including two title game appearances

Coached 21 MLB Draft Picks over the last six seasons

 

I-O-W-A HAWKEYES

A Player’s Coach

Mr. 900

Heller won his 900th career game during the 2020 season. He owns a 904-703-4 career record and is one of nine coaches all-time to lead three different DI programs to NCAA Regional play.

Rise to the Occasion

Heller is 31-30 all-time against ranked opponents, and 21-13 over the last three years.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE BANKS.

Since 2015, Heller and the Hawkeyes are 95-27 at home.

Postseason Play

The Hawkeyes broke a 25-year NCAA Regional drought in 2015 and made it two NCAA Regionals in three seasons by winning the Big Ten Tournament in 2017. Iowa was poised to make its third NCAA Regional during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

NCAA Regionals: 2015 & 2017

2015: 41-18

In Heller’s second year, he established a newfound Iowa Baseball culture after Iowa claimed its first NCAA Tournament win since 1972, going 2-2 at the Springfield Regional.

2017: 39-22

Big Ten Tournament Champions and one win away from a trip to the Super Regionals.

2017 Big Ten Tournament Champions

Heller led Iowa to its first conference title in more than two decades.

B1G Rings

The Hawkeyes have qualified for the Big Ten Tournament in every season under Heller. In 2016, Iowa advanced to the championship game as the No. 8 seed.  Iowa is one of three schools (Indiana and Michigan) to qualify for the last six Big Ten Tournaments.

Player Development

“Our goal is to find players who are great teammates and love baseball. This is noticeable in how they interact with their teammates, parents, and opponents. Skill is important, but it also needs to be coupled with intangibles that excel in our program."

Coach Heller

"Our promise is to blend cutting edge technology with more than 50 years of combined coaching experience to give our student-athletes the best chance to improve and achieve their goals. We push our athletes to be 'where their feet are' every day, whether that is in class or practice. Our coaching staff promises to do the same."

Coach Heller

21 MLB Draft Picks over the last six years.

A Global Game

2017 World University Games

Heller and the Hawkeyes represented the United States at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Heller led USA to a 5-2 record and a silver medal, becoming the first American squad to medal in Universiade history.

2016 Dominican Trip

Heller also took his team to the Dominican Republic for a preseason trip during Thanksgiving Break. It was a trip full of playing, teaching, and loving the game of baseball that built team chemistry and prepared the team for a special 2017 season.