Assistant Coach Joe Heiland
Joe Heiland, a 2005 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, entering his third season on the Yellow Jacket coaching staff in 2011-12. Heiland was a four-year letterwinner for the Yellow Jacket wrestling team and a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Champion at 165 pounds.
Heiland, a native of Shelby, Ohio, was a two-time NCAA Division III national qualifier and finished his career on the mat with a 76-25 overall record. After graduation, Heiland began a career in Mixed Martial Arts and posted a 7-0 record as an amateur. He won the National Welterweight (156-170 pounds) Championship in the North American Allied Fight Series and was a part of the 2006 Fight of the Year. Heiland turned pro in 2007 and joined the Strong Style Fight Team. He has since compiled a perfect 5-0 record with two technical knockouts and again earned Fight of the Year honors in 2008.
Each summer, Heiland returns to his native Shelby to run youth wrestling camps. He also travels the country to coach at camps run by former USA Olympian Ken Chertow.
Heiland earned his degree in health and physical education and was a two-time recipient of the John Summa Memorial Wrestling Prize. He currently resides in Berea and teaches in Kent.