Longtime head Men’s Basketball Coach for Colorado Mesa University, Jim Heaps, has relinquished the coveted position to serve as the new liaison between the University’s athletic department and the school’s faculty and academic services. CMU media relations official Dana Nunn says Heaps will be replaced by his longtime Assistant Coach Andy Shantz.
Heap leaves a legacy of winning behind him: he led the Mavericks to two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships and four NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament appearances.
Dunn says that Heaps’ new responsibilities will include working one-on-one with student-athletes and faculty members; advising students who have not declared a major on choosing a career path; working with CMU’s Career Services to provide students with more in-depth assistance; collaborating with the Advising Center to assist and advise students with major selection, course selection, and career goals; and ensuring student-athletes progress toward degree requirements. Additionally, he’ll assist with NCAA compliance, event management and fundraising.