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Bob Heffner, who previously served as an assistant football coach with Lafayette teams that captured the 1988 and 1994 Patriot League championships, is in his seventh year back on College Hill after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland. He spent four seasons in College Park, including two as the Terrapins' offensive coordinator. Following one season as Lafayette's assistant head coach, Heffner was promoted to associate head coach during the summer of 2002.
In the six seasons since his return to Lafayette, Heffner has mentored offensive lines that have served as fronts for one of the most prolific offenses in the Patriot League. In 2006, the Leopards were second in the conference in scoring offense (26.3 ppg) spurred by the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Jon Hurt who ran behind three All-Patriot League selections. In 2005, Lafayette the league in total offense (365.7 yards per game) and passing offense (214.8 ypg). Lafayette was second in the league with 27.0 points and 212.8 yards rushing in 2004. In 2003, the front five paved the way for the offense to roll up 404.9 yards per game, tops in the Patriot League. Heffner guided an offensive line in 2002 that finished second in the Patriot League in both passing offense and sacks allowed. Heffner's offensive line also garnered league recognition in 2001, leading the league in sacks allowed with 11, five better than any other league member.
Heffner has mentored 14 All-Patriot League linemen, and eight in his most recent time at Lafayette. Mike Saint Germain reached All-America and All-Patriot League First-Team status in his senior season of 2006. Seniors Jesse Padilla and Greg Lippert, both All-Patriot League Second Team honorees last season, return to anchor the line in 2007. During the Leopards' 2004 championship run, right guard Stephen Bono and right tackle Joe Ungrady both garnered All-America honors.
In Heffner's first season directing Maryland's offensive unit, the Terrapins posted the 10th-highest scoring average in school history and its best in the previous seven seasons. Maryland ranked first in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and 12th nationally in rushing yards per game (234.1), and tailback LaMont Jordan earned second-team All-America honors after finishing fifth in the country in rushing. Heffner joined the Maryland staff in 1997 after serving as offensive line coach at Northern Illinois in 1996. Heffner coached at Lafayette for a total of five seasons on two separate occasions prior to Northern Illinois. He was Lafayette's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 1993-95 and offensive line coach in 1988-89. Between his coaching stops at Lafayette, Heffner spent four years in the professional ranks. He served as the director of player personnel and offensive coordinator for the Arena League champion Tampa Bay Storm in 1993 and as offensive line and running backs coach for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. During his time with British Columbia, the Lions' Doug Flutie was voted the CFL's Most Valuable Player after setting the league record for passing yards in a season, and Jim Mills was named the league's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in 1990 and 1991.
Heffner began his collegiate coaching career with Illinois State as the interior defensive line coach in 1981 before taking over as offensive line coach during a seven-year stay with the Redbirds. Under his guidance, Illinois State had two offensive linemen earn All-American recognition and eight claim first-team all-conference honors.
A 1979 graduate of Temple with a bachelor of science degree in education, Heffner earned three letters as an offensive guard and played on Owl teams that made Mirage Bowl appearances in 1977 and 1978. He then served as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater in 1979. One year later, he served as an assistant football coach and teacher at North Hunterdon (N.J.) High School.
Heffner, and his wife, Nancy, a native of Warren Glen, N.J., have three daughters, Katie, Molly, and Shelby.