Ben Heinze came
to South Dakota State as an athletic trainer 2003 and worked with the
Jackrabbit women's basketball and football teams before making the move to the
soccer team in 2011.
A La Crescent,
Minn., native, Heinze earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from
Winona State University (Minn.) in 1998, and then moved on to SDSU, where he
added a master's degree in athletic training in 2000.
completing his master's degree, Heinze spent two and a half years as the head
athletic trainer at Franklin College (Ind.) and worked at an athletic training clinic.
He returned to South Dakota State during the 2003-04 school year, working
primarily with the Jackrabbit women's basketball program.
For the past
five years, Heinze worked closely with the SDSU football team and oversaw the
sports medicine facilities at the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center for the last
two years before joining the soccer team.