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Chuck Heater
Chuck Heater

Position:
Running Backs

Fifth-year Husky assistant coach Chuck Heater returned to his roots last season when he switched to offense to coach Washington's running backs. The previous three years Heater coached UW's cornerbacks. He also oversees the team’s punt and kick return units. In addition to his on-field coaching duties, Heater will also serve as UW's recruiting coordinator for the fifth straight year. In that capacity, he has helped the Huskies to sign three recruiting classes that have been ranked among the top 15 in the nation. A tireless worker, Heater has helped Washington to reestablish its dominance in the Pacific Northwest, especially with in-state prospects. In three of the last four years, Heater has seen at least one recruit from each class earn freshman All-American honors. In 2001, Heater saw senior cornerback Omare Lowe selected by the Miami in the fifth round of the NFL draft. Heater was an assistant coach at Colorado for six seasons before joining the UW staff. He originally joined the Colorado staff in 1993 as the director of football operations and recruiting coordinator. He returned to on-field coaching in 1994 when he took over as the defensive backs coach. He coached the tight ends at Colorado his last four seasons in the Buffalo program. During his collegiate coaching experience, Heater has been associated with five national coaches of the year (Bo Schembechler, Earle Bruce, Lou Holtz, Bill McCartney and Barry Alvarez). He has coached 15 players who were NFL draft selections and numerous all-conference selections. He coached Jim Thorpe Award winner Chris Hudson at Colorado. Heater has coached in 17 bowl games including five times on New Year’s Day. He has also met four American presidents (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush). Heater began his collegiate coaching career in 1976 at Northern Arizona as the running backs coach. He spent the next five seasons back in the midwest at Toledo. In 1977 and 1978 he was the Rockets’ running backs coach and served as the secondary coach from 1979-81. He was promoted to defensive coordinator after the 1981 season. In 1982 Heater joined the staff at Wisconsin as the secondary coach. He spent three seasons in Madison before accepting a position at Ohio State in 1985 as the secondary coach. After three years with the Buckeyes he worked at Notre Dame from 1988-90 as the secondary coach. In his first season the Fighting Irish won the national championship. Heater joined former Buckeye head coach Earle Bruce at Colorado State for the 1991-92 seasons as the defensive coordinator. He also coached the inside linebackers at Colorado State. Heater was a three-time letterman as a running back for coach Bo Schembechler at Michigan. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior and was an honorable mention selection as a senior. He finished his career as Michigan’s fifth all-time leading rusher with 406 carries for 1,981 yards (a 4.9 per carry average). During his four years as a Wolverine, Heater's teams compiled a 41-3-1 record and placed first or tied for first in the Big Ten every season. Following his senior season he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. Heater graduated from Michigan in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He won the school’s Fielding Yost Award for outstanding academic and athletic performance as a senior. Heater was born in Weston, W.Va., and raised in Tiffin, Ohio. He is married to the former Deborah Dariano. The Heaters have three children, Emily, Andy and Adam. Andy is a junior tight end at the UW this season.

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