Know The Coach - Bruce Heppler

June 15, 2009

This summer, each Georgia Tech head coach will be featured in a new series — “Know The Coach.” Each week, a different head coach will be profiled where you can get to know them outside the competition field. Up today is golf coach Bruce Heppler.

Week two features golf head coach Bruce Heppler. Heppler has been Tech’s head coach for 14 years, leading the Yellow Jackets to six Atlantic Coast Conference titles and three runner-up finishes in the NCAA Championship. Check out what Bruce has to say including his favorite movies and places to visit.

Know The Coach…Bruce Heppler

Born: Ogden, Utah on March 27, 1960
Status: Married
Alma Mater: Brigham Young (undergraduate), UMass (graduate)
What’s on TV: SportsCenter
What’s in my iPod: I don’t have one
What I drive: Dodge Aspen SUV
Favorite flicks: Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Star Wars
On my office walls: Family photos, articles and photos of our players’ accomplishments
Would love to trade places with for a day: Steve Williams, Tiger Wood’s caddie
First job: Picked up range balls by hand, cleaned golf clubs
Talent I’d like to have: the ability to dunk a basketball
Favorite meal: Steak and baked potato
Favorite athletes to watch in other sports: Roger Federer, LeBron James
One coaching peer I truly respect: Mike McGraw, golf coach at Oklahoma State
Favorite city to visit: San Diego
Favorite team as a kid: Julius Erving’s Philadelphia 76ers
Favorite values in others: Honesty
Favorite attribute about myself: Dedication to work and family
And least: I can be a bit obsessive
My dream date would be with: my wife, Tracey
My hero: Winston Churchill
My motto: You can’t lead from the rear.
The professional athlete’s poster I had on my wall: Dr. J
The thing I enjoy most about game day is: Watching guys compete and execute when it’s on the line
I have a sweet tooth for: M&M’s
I’ve cried while watching: Forrest Gump
The most famous person I’ve met: Tiger Woods
My player who will make the best pro: too many to name one

Know The Coach
Week 1 (June 8):Swimming & Diving head coach Courtney Hart
Week 2 (June 15): Golf head coach Bruce Heppler

Upcoming Know The Coach Schedule
Week 3 (June 22): Volleyball head coach Tonya Johnson
Week 4 (June 29): Men’s Basketball head coach Paul Hewitt
Week 5 (July 6): Women’s Basketball head coach MaChelle Joseph
Week 6 (July 13): Women’s Track/Cross Country head coach Alan Drosky
Week 7 (July 20): Baseball head coach Danny Hall
Week 8 (July 27): Softball head coach Sharon Perkins
Week 9 (August 3): Football head coach Paul Johnson
Week 10 (August 10): Men’s Track head coach Grover Hinsdale
Week 11 (August 17): Women’s Tennis head coach Bryan Shelton
Week 12 (August 24): Men’s Tennis head coach Kenny Thorne

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