A former college men’s volleyball setter and college volleyball coach will help determine the NCAA Tournament field in 2019.
Tim Heffron, the Purdue Fort Wayne senior associate athletic director, was selected as the Midwest representative for the NCAA men’s volleyball committee, according to documents the NCAA recently released on its website.
Heffron has served as an athletic director with the Mastodons for almost 20 years and oversee’s the department’s internal and financial operations. He also coordinates the strategic planning for the department and its numerous federal and NCAA reports.
Along with his experience in athletics administration, Heffron was a back-up setter for the Mastodons from 1987-90 and appeared in 180 games during his career. Purdue Fort Wayne in his senior season won the MIVA regular season championship for the first time in its program history.
Heffron after graduating returned to the school in 1993 to become the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball head coach.
The Mastodons won three conference titles and had a .717 winning percentage in six season under Heffron. In addition, Heffron was twice named the GLVC Coach of the Year before stepping down from his coaching role to become a full-time administrator.
The NCAA men’s volleyball committee is comprised of three members — an East Coast representative, a Midwest representative and a West Coast representative. Among the committee’s annual responsibilities includes selecting the at-large bids and seeding for the NCAA Tournament, approving rule changes and overseeing the NCAA Tournament.
Heffron begins his four-year term succeeding Midwest representative Ohio State associate athletics director Janine Oman. Oman concluded her term earlier this summer, and it is uncommon in the committee’s history for a member to serve consecutive terms.