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Heidelberg welcomes new staff members

Heidelberg welcomes new staff members

TIFFIN – The Heidelberg University athletic department welcomes a number of new members to its staff entering the fall of 2014. 

Joe Yoder, though not a new member of the coaching staff, begins the year with a new title.  Yoder is now the interim track & field coach after serving as a graduate assistant for the past two seasons.  As a 2012 'Berg graduate and an All-American, he still holds several program records.

Jimmy Roesinger, similarly, will be entering his first year as a full-time assistant baseball coach.  This will be his third year with the Heidelberg baseball program, serving as a graduate assistant the past two years.  Prior to his time at Heidelberg, Roesinger graduated from the University of Dayton in 2010, where he earned All-Atlantic 10 honors as a third baseman.

Nick Soldano will be entering his first year as a graduate assistant for the Heidelberg baseball program.  A 2013 graduate of North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, Soldano joins the ‘Berg baseball program having had plenty of success at the Division III level.  He was an ABCA All-American in 2012 as a pitcher as well as being named All-Conference and All-Region on multiple occasions.  Soldano finished his career at North Park at or near the top of the career statistical leaderboard in most pitching categories, highlighted by being the career strikeout leader for the Vikings.

Mike Coyne joins the 2014 Heidelberg football coaching staff as the wide receivers coach.  He comes to the ‘Berg from Colby College in Maine where he was most recently the running back coach, although he also served as receivers coach and assistant special teams coordinator from 2009-2012 in a separate stint.  Coyne, a 2007 graduate of the University of Kentucky, has also served as an offensive assistant for the Baltimore Ravens as well as being a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jake Moyer will also be entering his first season as an assistant coach for the Heidelberg football program in 2014.  A 1972 graduate of Heidelberg, Moyer is no stranger to the coaching ranks, having 40 years of experience in the profession at both the high school and college level.  Moyer has served as both an assistant and head coach at Mohawk High School, an assistant at Tiffin University, and most recently as the head coach at Upper Sandusky High School.

Matt Byrne, fresh off a stellar playing career for Heidelberg, joins the football coaching staff as a graduate assistant.  He was an All-OAC performer as an offensive lineman in 2013, a season where the offense set a program record by gaining 510.8 yards per game.  Byrne will be working primarily with the running backs.

Victoria Chatman will be entering her first year as a graduate assistant for the Heidelberg track and field program.  A 2012 graduate of Western Michigan University, Chatman turned in a decorated career as a member of the Broncos track team.  She was a 2nd team All-American in the 4x400 meter relay in 2012, 4-time NCAA Division I National Qualifier, and a 13-time Mid-American Conference champion.  Chatman also brings with her coaching experience at the Division I level having served as a volunteer assistant at Eastern Michigan University and most recently as an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University.

Justin Wharton, a familiar face to the Heidelberg wrestling program, will be entering his first year as a graduate assistant.  He spent the 2013-2014 season as a volunteer assistant with ‘Berg wrestling.  Wharton, a 2013 Heidelberg graduate, was a two-time All-OAC performer for the Student Princes.

Matt Cross also joins the Heidelberg wrestling coaching staff as a graduate assistant beginning in 2014.  He brings with him plenty of success at the Division III level, finishing 5th in the 174lb weight class in 2012, earning All-American honors.  Cross most recently served as an assistant coach at Bel Air High School in Maryland from 2012-2014.

Aimee Whitmer will be in her first year as a graduate assistant for the Heidelberg women’s soccer program in 2014.  She comes to Tiffin from Bluffton University where she graduated in the spring of 2014 with a bachelor’s in psychology and social work.  Whitmer was named All-HCAC in all four of her seasons with the Beavers, highlighted by being 1st team as a senior as well as being selected as 2nd team All-Ohio by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association.

Alexa Frank joins the volleyball coaching staff as a graduate assistant following her storied playing career for Heidelberg.  She helped lead the ‘Berg to three OAC Championships and earned All-OAC honors in 2013. Frank graduated from Heidelberg in 2014 with a degree in psychology.

Kyle Stover will be in his first year as a graduate assistant for Athletic Marketing and Information at Heidelberg in 2014.  He graduated from Bluffton University in the winter of 2013 with a bachelor’s in business administration and sport management while serving as a sports information assistant for three years.   Stover was also a two year varsity letter winner for the Beavers baseball team as a relief pitcher and earned academic All-HCAC honors in 2012.

All of the fall athletes are now moved onto campus in Tiffin and are in preparation for the upcoming season.  The fall season kicks off when the Heidelberg Volleyball team travels to Bluffton University for the Sommer Center Spiketacular Tournament, which begins on Friday, August 29 with the first match set to start at 3:00 p.m.