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Heins Named Interim Director of Track and Field and Cross Country

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Eric Heins has been named the interim director of track and field and cross country for the Northern Arizona University programs, Athletics Director Jim Fallis announced. NAU will conduct a national search to permanently fill the position.

“We are extremely excited about the staff we have in place for our programs with Eric and Coach Saatara,” said Athletics Director Jim Fallis. “Eric has agreed to accept this position and he will do a great job managing the programs during this transition period.”

Former Director Track and Field and Cross Country J.W. Hardy resigned last week to accept a similar position at Boise State.

Heins will continue his duties as the head coach for the cross country programs. The Lumberjacks open the season Sept. 5. The men’s cross country team ended the season by finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships in 2008, while the women finished 23rd in the country. Both teams captured Big Sky Conference championships in 2008, as returnees David McNeill and Veronica Pohl were the individual champions.