Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

Coach Heiss closing in on 600 career wins as an NJCAA coach

Coach Heiss closing in on 600 career wins as an NJCAA coach

Dave Heiss, Head Coach

Over the last 31 seasons Dave Heiss has built the Chiefs’ into a perennial top-20 program. In 2011 he joined a select group when he became the 51st coach all-time in NJCAA basketball history to reach the 500-win plateau. Heiss has led the Chiefs to the Region IV crown and a berth into the NJCAA Division II National Tournament five times. He has guided the Chiefs to 11 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) titles, and 15 of his squads have won 20 or more games in a season. Under his direction the Chiefs have won 582 games entering this season, an average of nearly 20 wins a season over three decades. 

Accordingly, off the court recognition has followed Heiss’ on court success. He has been inducted into the NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame (2006), the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Hall of Fame (2009), the Aurora West High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2010), the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Hall of Fame (2010) and the NJCAA Hall of Fame (2013). Heiss has been selected as the IBCA and the Region IV Basketball Coach of the Year five times, while the ISCC has tabbed him with that honor ten times. In 2008 he became the ISCC’s all-time record holder for career wins with his 191st victory, and currently has 264 wins heading into the 2016 league schedule. During his tenure 68 of his players have been named All-ISCC First Team, including eight league MVP Awards.   

In 1980, Heiss was an All-Upstate Eight performer at Aurora West High School when his team finished third in the state. He went on to play at Eastern Wyoming Junior College where he led the NJCAA Region IX in scoring as a sophomore. Heiss then transferred to Bemidji State University in Minnesota where he was All-Northern Sun Conference his final two years. Heiss was invited to the Utah Jazz rookie and free agent camp in 1986 and played for the Jazz’ rookie team in the Pro-Am League that summer.

Heiss earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education at Bemidji State and his master’s degree from Chicago State University in 1992. He is a full-time faculty member in Waubonsee’s physical education department and in 1996 was an instrumental player in the establishment of the school’s S.T.A.R. program, a ground-breaking student/athlete academic assistance and monitoring system. Heiss has also been Waubonsee’s head golf coach the last 25 years, leading his golfers to five ISCC titles and a pair of Region IV Division II titles. A life-long resident of Aurora, Heiss has three children, D.J., Danielle and Demi.


Jonathan Shields, Volunteer Assistant Coach

Max Brown, Student Assistant Coach


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