Heersema is entering his 24th season as head coach of the Saint Xavier University women's volleyball program. His teams have posted a 463-467 record under his guidance. In 2007, Cougars finished 31-14 overall and qualified for the championship match of the NAIA Region VII Volleyball Tournament.
In 1989, 1998 and 2000, Heersema was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Coach of the Year. In 1989 and 1998, he was the NAIA District 20 Coach of the Year, and, in 2000, the NAIA Region VII Coach of the Year. Heersema has coached two NAIA All-Americans and led his squads to three conference championships (1997, 1998, and 2000) and one national tournament appearance (2000).
Prior to joining the SXU athletics staff, Heersema served as an assistant coach at South Suburban College (Ill.) from 1984-85 and was head coach at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Ind., for the 1986 and 1987 seasons.
Heersema is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago (1986) with a degree in physical education. He was a setter/middle blocker for three seasons on the club team at UIC and currently plays USVA Men's AA Open, which he has been for the past 19 years. He currently resides in Tinley Park, Ill.