Robert Heersema
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Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 2nd Season

Heersema is entering his 24th season at Saint Xavier University and second season as head coach of the one-year-old SXU men's volleyball program.  He has a ton of experience both as a player and coach at a variety of levels, including coaching at both the high school and collegiate level and playing adult U.S.A. volleyball at the AA level.

In 1989, 1998 and 2000, Heersema was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year.  In 1989 and 1998, he was the NAIA District 20 Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year, and, in 2000, the NAIA Women's Volleyball Region VII Coach of the Year.  Heersema has coached two NAIA All-Americans and led his women's volleyball 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 women's volleyball coach at South Suburban College (Ill.) from 1984-85 and was head girl's volleyball coach at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Ind. for the 1986 and 1987 seasons.

Heersema is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago ('86) with a degree in physical education.  He was a setter/middle blocker for three seasons on the club team at UIC and currently plays USA Volleyball Age Group, which he's been doing for the past 20 years.  He currently resides in Tinley Park, Ill.

Roster for 2010-11 Men's Volleyball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1William Steinhaus*FROH/DS6-3 Downers Grove, Ill.Downers Grove South
2Kevin MaxwellFRS6-1 Chicago, Ill.Brother Rice
3Jack MaloneSOS5-9 Chicago, Ill.Brother Rice
4Joe ZahalkaSOOH6-3 Downers Grove, Ill.Downers Grove South
5Justin CousinFROH/RS6-3 Oak Park, Ill.Oak Park-River Forest
6Aaron PorterSOOH/S6-3 Woodridge, Ill.Downers Grove South
7Joe MooneySOMB6-5 Palos Heights, Ill.Shepard
8Matt YerkesSOOH6-2 Palos Heights, Ill.Marist
9Evan MuysFRRS/MB6-6 Orland Park, Ill.Sandburg
10Dan NelsonFRDS5-10 Alsip, Ill.Shepard
11Johnathan HernandezFROH6-0 Berwyn, Ill.Morton CC/Morton HS
12Brendan TomisFRDS5-9 Lindenhurst, Ill.Lakes Community
13Frank RuaneJROH6-2 Worth, Ill.Moraine Valley CC/Shepard
15Jacob SiskaFRMB/RS6-5 Hometown, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
16Mike CaponeFRMB6-2 Lyons, Ill.Morton CC/Morton HS
20Chris CuppFRLibero5-10 Chicago, Ill.Reavis
22John O'ConnellFRMB6-4 Evergreen Park, Ill.Brother Rice
28Chris DraperFROH/RS6-2 Mokena, Ill.Lincoln-Way North
34Nick PiccirilloSORS6-4 Oak Lawn, Ill.St. Rita
44Mark MeurerFRS5-11 Oswego, Ill.Oswego
88Matt LewisFRMB/RS6-4 Antioch, Ill.Lakes
89Michael Cintron*FRLibero5-5 Cicero, Ill.Morton
* Redshirt
Robert Heersema Image
Head Coach
2nd season
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Assistant Coach
2nd season