Brian Heaney

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Brian Patrick Heaney (born September 3, 1946) is a former American professional basketball player and coach. He spent one season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Baltimore Bullets during the 1969–70 season.



Heaney attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, New York, before enrolling at Acadia University in Canada in 1964.[1] He helped the Axemen win the 1965 Canadian University Men's Basketball National Championships. Heaney earned CIS Tournament All-Star Team honors in 1965 and 1966 and was a First Team All-Canadian in 1969.[2] He set a single-game scoring record of 74 points.[3]

He was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the 19th round of the 1969 NBA draft from Acadia University. Heaney was the first CIAU player to play in the NBA[3] and along with Jim Zoet, are the only two U Sports players to have played in an NBA game.[4] He split the 1969-70 season between the Bullets, scoring a total of 30 points in the NBA, and the Sunbury Mercs of the Eastern League.[1]


In 1971, he was named head men's basketball coach at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[5] Under his guidance, the Huskies won national titles in 1973, 1978 and 1979.[3] Heaney was the recipient of the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as CIS Coach of the Year in 1973.[6] In 1975, Heaney became the head coach of Canada's Women's National Team and took the squad to the 1976 Olympic Games, before returning to Saint Mary's in 1977.[5] He served as head coach until 1979. During his seven-year tenure as the Huskies' head coach, Heaney had a record of 87 wins and 21 losses.[7]

After working as head coach of the University of Alberta men's basketball team from 1979 to 1983[8] and of the University of Toronto men's basketball team[9] from 1983 to 1985, Heaney took a job in the financial services sector and became a CIS and NBA broadcaster.[3] In 2002, he served as Honorary Chairman of the CIS Men's Championship.[5] From 2007 to 2010, Heaney was the athletic director at Acadia University and then returned to his business job and broadcasting.[10]


Heaney is a member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame,[11] Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame[12] and the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Brian P. Heaney- 1969". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  2. ^ "U Sports Hoops - University Basketball in Canada". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  3. ^ a b c d "Brian Heaney—Athlete/Coach Induction Class of 1997" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  4. ^ Hein, David (November 20, 2014). "Why Basketball Canada is rooting for Philip Scrubb". Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Saint Mary's University". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  6. ^ "U Sports Hoops - University Basketball in Canada". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  7. ^ "Men's Basketball Coaching Records - Saint Mary's University". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  8. ^ "Team History - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  9. ^ "University of Toronto Varsity Blues - Men's Basketball History". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  10. ^ "Heaney leaving Acadia Athletics after 3 years". The Register/Advertiser. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  11. ^ "Canada Basketball". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  12. ^ "Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame Honours Acadia Alumni - Acadia University". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  13. ^ "Brian P. Heaney- 1969". Retrieved 2017-09-10.

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