CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois wrestling coach Jim Heffernan has agreed to a 5-year extension to stay in Champaign through the 2023 season. This fall marks the 10th season for Heffernan as head coach and 27th with the program.
“As much as perhaps anyone, Jim Heffernan embodies the values we espouse within our athletic program,” said UI Athletics Director Josh Whitman said in a statement. “He cares first and foremost about his students. He stresses loyalty, work ethic, and competitiveness. All of this while leading one of our most successful and tradition-rich programs. We are excited to reward Jim for his tremendous leadership and look forward to many future years of wrestling success with him at the helm.”
“I am extremely grateful for Josh to offer me this extension” Heffernan said in the same joint statement “Josh has proven to be very supportive of our program and the dedication and commitment shown by our student-athletes.”