Golf Coaching Staff
Chiefs have won four ISCC titles and two Region IV Championships under Coach Heiss' guidance
Dave Heiss, Head Coach
Dave Heiss embarks on his 25th year in charge of Waubonsee’s golf program. A trademark of many of his teams has been marked improvement as the season progresses, and last year was no exception. Under his leadership the Chiefs’ have been perennial contenders for the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title, having won the crown four times including last fall. Led by ISCC Medalist Matt Yonkovich, the Chiefs went on to win the 2015 Region IV Division II championship as well and advance to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. Subsequently Heiss and assistant coach Rodney Davis were named Region IV Co-Coaches of the Year.
During Heiss’ tenure forty-four golfers have attained All-ISCC status including 2010 ISCC Medalist Tim Schofield. He helped guide Alex Bremner to an eighth place finish at the Region IV Tournament to qualify for the 2013 NJCAA Nationals, the fourth Chiefs’ golfer to do that in a three year span. Heiss’ 2011 squad shattered the school record for a team score when they carded a 285 to win the Duane Chaney Invitational. Another highlight of that season was when Bremner and Colton Craig each carded a hole-in-one on different holes during the same round.
In 2004 he helped Milo French earn ISCC medalist honors, while Eric Heinkel went on to reach All-Tournament honors by placing 14th at the Region IV Division II Tournament. Subsequently, Heiss was named the ISCC’s Golf Coach of the Year that season. Coach Heiss also had a special ‘diamond anniversary’ tenth year as coach in 2001, leading the Chiefs to the ISCC title for the first time since 1989. Five of Heiss’ golfers made the All-Conference team as the Chiefs went undefeated in Skyway play. As a direct result, Heiss was honored as the league’s Golf Coach of the Year. That sparkling season was capped off with the team winning the Region IV championship for the first time in school history. The Chiefs then competed at the NJCAA Nationals in Arizona, finishing 18th nationally. Individually, Aaron Conlon placed 26th in the nation, missing out on All-American status by just two strokes.
In addition to his golf responsibilities, Heiss has led the men’s basketball program the last 31 years. During that time he has built the Chiefs into a national contender, registering twenty or more wins in a season 15 times. In February of 2011 he became just the 21st active coach at the NJCAA level to win 500 games.
Heiss graduated in 1980 from Aurora West High School. He attended Eastern Wyoming Junior College and Bemidji State University in Minnesota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Bemidji State and his master’s degree from Chicago State University in 1992. Heiss is a full-time faculty member in the physical education department at Waubonsee and a life-long resident of Aurora. Coach Heiss has three children, D.J., Danielle and Demi.
Rodney Davis, Assistant Coach
The fall of 2016 marks the beginning of Rodney Davis’ fourth year with Waubonsee’s program. A former standout NCAA Division I student-athlete, Davis knows what it takes to flourish on the course and in the classroom. An avid player, teacher and motivator, Davis continues to bring all those intangibles to the Chiefs’ coaching staff. Last season he helped guide Waubonsee to the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title and the Region IV Division II crown as the squad qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament. As a result Davis and head coach Dave Heiss were tabbed as Region IV Golf’s Co-Coaches of the Year.
Davis is a 1984 graduate of Aurora East High School, where he was a varsity basketball player all four years of his prep career. He was an Honorable Mention All-State and All-Upstate Eight Conference performer for the Tomcats’ and was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. After high school Davis went on to a distinguished playing career at Northern Illinois University, finishing among the Huskies’ all-time leaders in scoring, assists and three-point shooting. He later signed on professionally as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves, while also playing in the Continental Basketball Association. Davis was inducted into the Huskies’ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
Davis earned his bachelor's degree from Aurora University in business administration in 1997. He is President and founder of L.I.F.E. Support Inc., a non-profit organization that provides numerous social services and recreational activities for at-risk youths in the Aurora area. Davis has even authored a short book “After the Buzzer: 7 Steps for Winning the Big Game,” to help student-athletes in and out of the sports arena. An all-around athlete who also excelled in baseball and golf, Davis additionally is a certified basketball referee and has coached basketball at the collegiate level, serving as an assist coach at Aurora University for three seasons. Davis and his wife Tonya resides in Oswego, and have two children, son Blake and daughter Alexis.
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