Bob Heersema
Bob Heersema Image
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 25th Season
Alma Mater: University of Illinois-Chicago

Heersema is entering his 25th season as head coach of the Saint Xavier University women's volleyball program.  His teams have posted a 505-503 record under his guidance.  In 2010, Cougars finished 23-14 overall and won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athetic Conference (CCAC) Volleyball Tournament by upsetting a pair of higher seeded opponents.  The championship gave SXU just its second bid to the NAIA Volleyball National Championships in program history with its first coming in 2000.

In 1989, 1998 and 2000, Heersema was named the 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 two national tournament appearances (2000 & 2010).

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 20 years.  He currently resides in Oak Forest, Ill.

Roster for 2011 Women's Volleyball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
1Erin SeboSRL/DS5-5Downers Grove, Ill.St. Scholastica/Downers Grove North
2Kelli ShafferFRS5-10Heyworth, Ill.Heyworth
3Kayla MullaneyJROH6-0Elmhurst, Ill.York Community
4Kim ScudderSRMB6-0Elmhurst, Ill.York Community
5Jenna WartenbergSRDS5-10Lockport, Ill.Lockport Township
7Jaclyn MajorSRS5-8Lockport, Ill.Lockport Township
8Desiree AramburuJRS/DS5-7Chicago, Ill.Radford University/Mother McAuley
9Christine BoweJRL/DS5-7Downers Grove, Ill.Downers Grove South
10Aubrey WantaFROH6-0Johnsburg, Ill.Johnsburg
11Marie HackertFROH6-3Evansville, Ind.Reitz Memorial
13Ashley AugustSRS5-9LaGrange Park, Ill.Lyons Township
14Colleen O'HaraJRMB6-0Lemont, Ill.University of Iowa/Lemont
16Kelly KnudsenJROH/MB6-0Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
Bob Heersema Image
Head Coach
25th season
Eugene Pinkhasik Image
Assistant Coach
19th season
Anne Kuziela Image
Assistant Coach
14th season