SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana University officials announced Thursday that the field at Kirkeby-Over Stadium will be named in honor of former longtime coach and all-time wins leader Jim Heinitz. A ceremony will be held prior to Augustana's game against the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday, Oct. 1 to dedicate the field.

Heinitz ended his coaching career in 2004 as the longest tenured coach in Augustana football history after roaming the sidelines for 17 seasons. Heinitz coached the Vikings for eight seasons from 1985-1992 before returning in 1996 and spending nine more seasons as the head coach. He finished his career with 79 wins (51 in North Central Conference play) and two NCAA Playoff appearances.

"Jim Heinitz faithfully served Augustana for more than 20 years – not only as a football coach, but as an exceptional leader of young men," Augustana University president Rob Oliver said. "His guidance on and off the field helped shape his players' lives and instilled in them the importance of working hard and serving others. After his retirement, Jim has continued to be a strong supporter of Viking football. It is a great honor indeed to name the field inside Kirkeby-Over Stadium in his honor."

Heinitz was named the Vikings' head coach late in 1984 and served for eight years. He joined the private business sector following the 1992 season and then returned to Augustana in December of 1995 to resume his coaching career.

Source:  Augustana University

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