Eric Heins is in his second season at TCU, where he serves as the cross country and distance coach.
In 2006-07, Heins made an immediate impact by having both the men's and women's cross country teams post top 10 finishes at the NCAA South Central Regional. In addition, the Frogs had one individual represent the school in the women's top-10 at the NCAA Regionals in Calandra Stewart (Ninth overall) and placed one distance member on the men's Mountain West All-Conference squad in Festus Kigen. Stewart also placed second at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships. At the end of the spring, Heins had five student-athletes named a Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete.
Heins came to TCU after serving as an assistant track and cross country coach at Southeast Missouri State for three seasons (2003-2006). In three years at Southeast Missouri State, Heins helped coach the Redhawks to six Ohio Valley Conference Championships. Prior to coaching at Southeast Missouri State, Heins was an assistant track and cross country coach at Northern Arizona for two seasons (2001-2003). In his two seasons at Northern Arizona, the men's cross country team finished fourth and seventh at the NCAA Championships, while the women's team placed 10th and 12th.
Heins' coaching career began at Indiana in 2000, where he also served as an assistant track and cross country coach.
A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Heins earned his bachelor's degree in health promotion and education from Cincinnati in 1999 and his master's degree in kinesiology from Indiana in 2001.
During his college career at Cincinnati, Heins placed third in the 3000 meters and sixth in the 5,000 meters at the 1997 Indoor C-USA Championships. At the 1997 Outdoor C-USA Championships, Heins placed fourth in the 10,000 meters and seventh in the 5,000 meters. Heins completed his final eligibility while in graduate school at Indiana, where he competed during the indoor season.
Since exhausting his collegiate eligibility, Heins has run numerous marathons. In 2006, Heins qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials in the marathon with a time of 2:21:09. In 2004, Heins ran the St. Louis Marathon, where he finished first with a time of 2:25:42. Heins also finished fifth at the 2000 Marine Corps Marathon and first in his age group with a time of 2:30:30.
Heins also worked with assistant coach Jeff Petersmeyer at Northern Arizona from 2001-2002.