Kirk Heidelberg

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Kirk F. Heidelberg (* 1957 ) is an American football coach .


Heidelberg played American football at Woodward High School ( Ohio ) until 1976 , then at Heidelberg College in Tiffin (also Ohio). He then worked at Morehead State University (State of Kentucky ) as an assistant trainer (linebacker / special teams / athletic trainer). In 1981 and 1982 he was on the coaching staff at Whitmer High School in Toledo, then worked as a physical education teacher at Toledo Christian High School and as a football assistant coach at Perrysburg High School. Heidelberg also worked at the University of Toledo from 1990 to 1992 as an assistant coach for the football team.

In the 1995 season he was the head coach of the Hamburg Blue Devils in the football Bundesliga and led the team into the final of the German championship. He returned to the United States and in 1996 worked as an assistant coach with the college teams at Tennessee State University , Lehigh University and the University of Kansas . In 1997 he returned to Hamburg and was responsible for coordinating the attack at the Blue Devils.

From 1998 to 2000 he was the head coach of the Cologne Crocodiles and led the Cologne team to the German championship title in 2000. In 1999 he met his future wife in Cologne, and their son was born there in 2000.

From 2003 he worked again for the Hamburg Blue Devils: Initially, he was scheduled as offensive coordinator under head coach John Rosenberg , but then became head coach when Rosenberg did not return to the Elbe. Heidelberg led the Hanseatic League to win the German championship in October 2003. He stayed in Hamburg until the end of the 2004 game year. In the 2005 season, Heidelberg headed the Saarland Hurricanes as head coach.

In 2006 he returned to his home country, the United States, and was a coach at Rockford Christian High School. During this time he was also part of the staff of the US national U19 team and was responsible for coordinating the attacking game. In November 2010 he signed a two-year contract as head coach of the Braunschweig Lions , but in January 2011 he canceled the Lower Saxony for personal reasons. Heidelberg initially continued to work at Rockford Christian High School. In 2012 he was a guest coach with the Canadian CFL team Toronto Argonauts . In the run-up to the 2013 season, he moved to the Berlin Rebels as an offensive coordinator , but resigned from his position there in March 2013 for professional reasons, as his main job (employee of a parts supplier) did not allow the task in the capital.

From August 2013 he was again employed by the Cologne Crocodiles after head coach David Odenthal resigned the post for personal reasons. Heidelberg stepped in and took over the coaching position. For the 2014 season, Heidelberg took on the position of head coach at the Düsseldorf Panthers . In June 2014 it came to a separation: after five defeats in a row, Heidelberg asked the financially tight Rhinelander in that season to terminate the contract. The association complied with this request.

In 2017 Heidelberg became the head coach of Waite High School in Ohio. There he stayed in office for a year.

For the 2018 season, Heidelberg, who now worked full-time for a security company in Cologne, took on the post of offensive coordinator with the Hamburg Huskies . He decided to commute between the Rhineland and Hamburg. In August 2018, he moved into the position of head coach after Timothy Speckman decided to concentrate on his duties as athletic director. Heidelberg, who is also known by the nickname "Captain Kirk", could not prevent Hamburg's relegation from the first division.

With Bennie Anderson ( Baltimore Ravens ), Jerry Evans ( Denver Broncos ), Vince Marrow ( Buffalo Bills ) and the German Peter Heyer (including St. Louis Rams ), he has looked after several players who later made the jump into the National Football League (NFL ) managed.

Individual evidence

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