Chris Heilman enters his fourth year as an assistant wrestling coach at Air Force. Heilman comes to Air Force from Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he was named 2014 NCAA DIII Midwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
Heilman has been instrumental in rounding up some of the nation’s top recruits to build the program’s second consecutive top-20 recruiting class according to W.I.N Magazine’s early-season recruiting rankings in 2016-17. The feat marks the first time in program history the Falcons have had back-to-back top-20 recruiting rankings.
Prior to coming to the Academy, Heilman led UW-Whitewater to the DIII Runner-up finish in the 2014 and third-place finish 2013 during his two years there.
Prior to his tenure at UW-Whitewater, Heilman spent two seasons as the head coach at Davenport West High School, in Davenport, Iowa. Heilman also spent two years as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State University, helping the team to two top 10 team finishes. The 2010 team at St. Cloud posted the highest GPA amongst NCAA Div. II wrestling programs.
Heilman is a 2008 graduate of Cornell College (Iowa). He was a three-time All-American during his time at Cornell College.
Heilman resides in Colorado Springs with his wife, Jen, dog Layla and son Ryder.