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Heller hired as Iowa Head Baseball Coach

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University of Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta has named Rick Heller as the 20th head coach in UI baseball history. Heller takes over the Iowa program after serving as the head coach at Indiana State the last four seasons.

Heller and Barta will hold a press conference on Monday, July 15, at 4 p.m. (CT) in the Feller Club Room in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Heller, a native of Eldon, Iowa, has been head coach at three institutions -- Indiana State (2009-13), Northern Iowa (1999-2009), and Upper Iowa (1987-99) -- leading all three schools to NCAA postseason play. He led Indiana State to its first outright Missouri Valley Conference title in 2012. He led Northern Iowa to the 2001 MVC title and into the NCAA Tournament, the first regional appearance for the Panthers since becoming a Division I program in 1981. In 26 seasons as a head coach, Heller holds a career mark of 692-563-4.

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