Robert Heersema
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Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 3rd 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 2011-12 Men's Volleyball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Michael Cintron*SOLibero5-5 Cicero, Ill.Morton East
4Joe ZahalkaJROH6-3 Downers Grove, Ill.Downers Grove South
5Justin CousinSOOH/RS6-3 Oak Park, Ill.Oak Park-River Forest
6Aaron PorterJROH/S6-3 Woodridge, Ill.Downers Grove South
7Dan FrenchFRS6-3 Chicago, Ill.Notre Dame H.S.
8Matt YerkesJROH6-2 Palos Heights, Ill.Marist
9Evan MuysSORS/MB6-6 Orland Park, Ill.Sandburg
10Dan NelsonSODS/L5-9 Alsip, Ill.Shepard
11Adam SiegerFRL/DS5-9 New Lenox, Ill.Lincoln-Way Central
14Jim BoyceFRS5-10 Tinley Park, Ill.Andrew
15Jacob SiskaSOMB/RS6-6 Hometown, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
22J.T. O'ConnellSOMB6-5 Evergreen Park, Ill.Brother Rice
23Sean BlackwoodFRMB6-5 Manhattan, Ill.Lincoln-Way Central
31Tom RyanJRDS5-10 Oak Forest, Ill.Oak Forest
34Nick PiccirilloJRRS6-4 Oak Lawn, Ill.St. Rita
* Redshirt
Robert Heersema Image
Head Coach
3rd season
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Assistant Coach
3rd season