Jeff Hecklinksi is in his fourth year with Michigan football, serving as the team's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He came to Ann Arbor after spending two seasons with Brady Hoke at San Diego State as assistant head coach, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
Hecklinski's unit had continued success in 2013, led by Jeremy Gallon's record-setting year. Gallon finished the season with a program-best 1,373 receiving yards. He also had 89 receptions, ranking second in U-M history, and nine touchdowns. Gallon also posted a reception in a program-record 39 consecutive games, breaking Braylon Edwards' previous school mark. Gallon ended his Michigan career ranked third in all-time receptions (173), third in receiving yards (2,704) and tied for ninth in touchdown receptions (17).
Hecklinksi's unit helped a Michigan offense that averaged 383.1 yards per game in 2012. Gallon and Roy Roundtree led the group, combining for 80 catches and 1,409 yards and seven touchdowns. Gallon caught a then career-best nine passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Outback Bowl, while Roundtree finished his career ranked sixth in U-M history in career receptions (154) and receiving yards (2,304).
The receivers contributed to an offense that averaged 404.7 yards per game in 2011, which ranked third in the Big Ten. Five different receivers had multiple touchdown catches, led by Junior Hemingway, who totaled 34 receptions for 699 yards and four touchdowns. Two of Hemingway's touchdowns came in the Sugar Bowl, where he was named MVP in Michigan's 23-20 overtime victory over Virginia Tech.
The Western Illinois graduate joined Hoke at Ball State in 2004 as the team's receivers coach before taking on added duties as recruiting coordinator in 2008. On the field, Hecklinski helped coach two of the most prolific players in Cardinal history in wideouts Dante Love, who ranked second in the country in 2007 in all-purpose yards (206.92), and Dante Ridgeway, who was an All-American and one of three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 2004.
Hecklinski was the quarterbacks coach at Arizona in 2003, after two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Central Missouri State, where he helped the team to the school's first-ever playoff appearance and bowl victory.
Hecklinski earned his bachelor's degree at Western Illinois in 1997, where he was a quarterback and threw for more than 5,980 yards to rank second in the school's career record book. He played for the Arena Football League's Albany Firebirds in 1998. He and his wife, Tiffany, have a daughter, Riley, and two sons, Mikey and J.R.
|2011-present||Michigan||Wide Receivers, Recruiting Coordinator|
|2009-10||San Diego State||Asst. Head Coach, Running Backs, Recruiting Coord.|
|2004-08||Ball State||Wide Receivers, Recruiting (2008)|
|2003||Arizona||Quarterbacks, Passing Game Coordinator|
|2001-02||Central Missouri State||Off. Coordinator, Quarterbacks|
|1999-00||Fort Scott CC||Off. Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator|
|1998||Benedictine U.||Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers|
ABOUT COACH HECKLINSKI
Age / 40
Date of Birth / Feb. 18, 1974
Hometown / Palatine, Ill.
High School / Palatine
College / Western Illinois State (communications, 1997)
Family / Wife Tiffany, sons Michael and J.R., daughter Riley
College Bowl Experience (6) / Michigan: 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2013 Outback Bowl, 2012 Sugar Bowl; San Diego State: 2010 Poinsiettia Bowl; Ball State: 2008 GMAC Bowl; 2007 International Bowl
All-Conference Players / 2013: Jeremy Gallon (All-Big Ten second team) ... 2010: Ronnie Hillman (All-MWC first team) ... 2008: Dante Love (All-MAC second team) ... 2007: Dante Love (All-MAC first team) ... 2006: Dante Love (All-MAC second team) ... 2004: Dante Ridgeway (All-MAC first team).