Justin Heinzen wanted to be a head coach, he just didn’t think it would be this season. Hired this past summer to be an assistant coach at Loras College, Heinzen took over in September when former head coach Shauna Green left to join the staff at Providence College.
The transition has gone well to this point. The Duhawks are 7-0 heading into a Saturday game at Beloit. Heinzen says it has been a whirlwind of transition and the women have bought in, though he says winning has helped everyone get on board.
Heinzen says because he took over so close to the start of the season he did not want to make any major changes. He says Green had a good system and he like the system and decided to keep much of it. Heinzen says he wouldn’t have become an assistant if he didn’t believe in what Green was doing.
Heinzen credits Natalie Pucci and her fellow seniors for providing leadership. Pucci is averaging 19 points per game. He says the future is bright too, as the underclassmen have come along too.