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.

Career

Player

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]

Coach

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]

Honours

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]

References

  1. ^ a b "Brian P. Heaney- 1969". acadiahof.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  2. ^ "U Sports Hoops - University Basketball in Canada". usportshoops.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  3. ^ a b c d "Brian Heaney—Athlete/Coach Induction Class of 1997" (PDF). basketball.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  4. ^ Hein, David (November 20, 2014). "Why Basketball Canada is rooting for Philip Scrubb". fiba.com. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Saint Mary's University". www.smu.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  6. ^ "U Sports Hoops - University Basketball in Canada". usportshoops.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  7. ^ "Men's Basketball Coaching Records - Saint Mary's University". smu.prestosports.com. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  8. ^ "Team History - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics". www.ualberta.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  9. ^ "University of Toronto Varsity Blues - Men's Basketball History". www.varsityblues.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  10. ^ "Heaney leaving Acadia Athletics after 3 years". The Register/Advertiser. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  11. ^ "Canada Basketball". www.basketball.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  12. ^ "Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame Honours Acadia Alumni - Acadia University". www2.acadiau.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  13. ^ "Brian P. Heaney- 1969". acadiahof.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-10.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
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