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Heilbron will soon finish his third year as AD.  Do you think he has generally improved the athletic program at SB?

Absolutely - big improvements!
2 (28.6%)
No way - this program is in decline!
1 (14.3%)
Treading water
4 (57.1%)

Total Members Voted: 7

Voting closed: June 16, 2017, 07:40:14 pm

Author Topic: Shawn Heilbron  (Read 328 times)

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Re: Shawn Heilbron
« on: March 21, 2017, 03:58:37 pm »
I think he's been neutral as far as on the court performance goes. Most of that rests on the individual coaches. Piekiel had SB basketball trending up and Priore FB trending down independent of what SH has done. I think he's increased awareness and visibility of SB athletics and projects like the pool being finished and Lavalle stadium having the north end-zone be expanded are good things to happen under his tenure so far.

I think he's got us going in the right direction though based on how I hear fans of other schools talk about our athletic department. I hear the term "aggressive" being used often which is good to hear, especially in the wake of the leadership of schools like Idaho (dropping to FCS) and JMU (declining a Sun Belt invite).

President Stanley seeing the value in athletics is extremely important as well and cannot be understated as the struggles of other schools can in part be tied to inept leadership at the university level. The snobby mentality of "we're too good for athletics" is toxic for the growth of an athletic department (Tulane for instance would still be in the SEC today for instance had they not made the boneheaded decision to de-emphasize athletics in the 60's). We should thank our lucky stars Stanley isn't like that.