Drew Heitland is in his fifth year with the University of Iowa football program. He 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.
In 2023, the Hawkeyes won 10 games, including their final four, to capture the Big Ten West Division for the second time in three years. Iowa advanced to another January bowl game (Citrus Bowl) and finished the season ranked No. 24. The Hawkeyes have been ranked in the final AP Top 25 five of the last six seasons.
Iowa won eight contests in 2022, concluding the season with a 21-0 win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl and wins in five of its final six games.
The Hawkeyes have earned 25 conference victories between 2020-23, matching its highest four-year conference win total in program history (1982-85 and 2002-05).
The Hawkeyes won 10 games in 2021, winning the Big Ten West Division title and advancing to the conference championship game. Iowa concluded the season with an appearance in the Citrus Bowl and was ranked 23rd in the final national rankings.
Following back-to-back narrow losses to open the 2020 season, Iowa won its final six games, all in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes were ranked 15th in the final CFP rankings and Coaches Poll and 16th by the AP.
Iowa has competed in bowl games each year Heitland has been on staff: 2024 Citrus Bowl, 2022 Music City Bowl, 2022 Citrus Bowl, 2020 Music City Bowl.
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 earned 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.