Will Wade’s LSU basketball program picked up its second assistant with the announcement of the hire of Greg Heiar from Wichita State, where Heiar has coached for the last six years.
With the Shockers Heiar went to a Final Four in 2012-13 and helped coach two All-Americans in Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet, with Baker inside the Shockers top ten in all-time scoring and VanVleet setting the school record in assists and steals in addition to being a two time Missouri Valley Player of the Year.
Heiar is from Dubuque, Iowa and graduated from Mount St. Clare (now Franciscan University) in 2000, after attending Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He lead Kirkwood to the Junior College nationals and won St. Clare’s first conference title in school history.
His coaching career started as a student assistant at Mount St. Clare and Lotas College in Iowa before moving to Florida as assistant coach at Chipola Junior College. In 2004 he started his first stint as head coach at Chipola and held that position until 2009. For two seasons he was an assistant at Southern Miss before moving to Wichita State in 2011.
His stint at USM and in Florida can he a huge boon to LSU’s recruiting efforts as Wade himself has no real experience in the area.