Tom Heinemann joins Belmont men’s soccer coaching staff
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Via Belmont University) – Belmont University men’s soccer head coach David Costa announced the hiring of Tom Heinemann as the program’s assistant coach Tuesday. Heinemann joins the Belmont coaching staff after a decade-long professional playing career.
“We are very fortunate to have Tom join us as our new men’s soccer assistant coach,” said Costa. “Tom has a background of playing at the highest levels and winning championships in several stops along his 10-year professional career. In addition to his success on the field, he is a man of the highest character and represents the core values of Belmont University. I am happy to welcome Tom, his wife Katrina and his son Hudson to Nashville.”
The Saint Louis native started his playing career at Rockhurst University where he cemented himself as a prolific goal scorer, netting 36 goals and dishing out 21 assists in just 60 games. He moved up to the professional ranks in 2009, signing with United Soccer League side Charleston Battery. Playing for eight clubs in the United States and Canada over his 10-year career, Heinemann made stops with Major League Soccer clubs Columbus Crew SC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
While playing at the highest levels of North American soccer, Heinemann was part of several championship teams and earned many honors in his 225 professional matches. He racked up 57 goals and 19 assists in his illustrious career. Most recently, Heinemann was the top scorer on the San Francisco Deltas team that won the North American Soccer League Championship. In 2011, he was part of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC side that made an MLS Cup Playoffs run. Heinemann had one of his most impressive seasons in 2010 with USL’s Charleston Battery. The team won the USL Championship and Heinemann was named the USL Championship MVP. He also led the league in assists that season. His most recent stop was with the USL’s Penn FC for the 2018-19 season.
In addition to his playing experience, Heinemann has nearly 10 years of coaching experience. For the last year, Heinemann served as an assistant coach for Yale University Men’s Soccer. He was at the center of the foundation of Heinemann Soccer and Pro Futsal Training, providing unparalleled training to athletes for more than a decade. He also made stops as the assistant coach at University of British Columbia and a coach in the Columbus Crew SC Academy system. Heinemann has held a USSF “B” Coaching License since 2013.
In 2018, Heinemann co-founded the USL Players Association, organizing over 600 soccer players in 33 cities across North America and remains on the executive committee and a board member. In this capacity, Heinemann oversees more than 600 soccer players in 33 cities across North America, oversees the board of directors, operations, strategy and communications.
“I am very excited to join the Men’s Soccer Program and the Athletic Department at Belmont University. I would like to thank David Costa and Scott Corley for the opportunity to represent this impressive institution. David is a fantastic leader and I firmly believe in his vision for this program,” said Heinemann. “I would also like to thank the entire Athletic Department for giving my family such a warm welcome, and for helping make our transition to Nashville a smooth one.”
Heinemann resides in Nashville with his wife Katrina and son Hudson.