Jeff Hetzer
Jeff Hetzer
Title: Associate Athletic Director
Phone: (859) 344-3532
Email: jeff.hetzer@thomasmore.edu
Previous College: Northern Kentucky

Jeff Hetzer is in his 20th year at Thomas More University and serves as the associate athletic director at the University.

Hetzer served as the head baseball coach at Thomas More his first 19 seasons in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and is the program's all-time winningest coach with a career record of 484-277-4. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Thomas More has had excellent success with their baseball program and Hetzer continued that tradition as the Saints posted 18 winning season during his tenure.

In 2018, he led the Saints to a 24-20 record, being named the PAC Champions, and reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament. During the 2017 campaign, the advanced four-team PAC Championship Tournament and didn't lose a three-game PAC regular season series, finishing the season 27-12.  In 2016, the Saints won the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Regular Season and Championship Tournament, while advancing to the program's seventh National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Champiionship Tournament and finished as regional semi-finalists.  The 2015 team finished as PAC regular season champions and tournament runner-ups.  In 2014 the team won the PAC Tournament title for the third time in program history and advanced to the program’s sixth NCAA  Division III Tournament and finished as regional semi-finalists.  His 2013 squad finished as PAC regular season champions and tournament runner-ups and earned an at-large bid to the program's fifth NCAA Division III Tournament, where it finished as regional semi-finalists.  The 2011 squad won the team's second straight PAC Tournament title and advanced to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional Semifinals. The 2010 team tied the school record for wins (33-16) and won the PAC Tournament for the first time in school history, while advancing to the NCAA Regional Semi-Finals. In 19 seasons, Hetzer has had his teams ranked 15 times and nine times in the final Mideast regional poll. In 2008, Thomas More finished the regular season fifth in the Mideast Regional poll and won the PAC regular season by three games. In 2004, the Saints had a preseason ranking of No. 13 in the country, the highest in the program's history. In 2003 the Saints made it to the NCAA Regional Finals, losing 2-1 in 11 innings. Thomas More finished that season 33-10 and ranked No. 18 in the final poll.

Hetzer had 104 players named all-conference, including 40 named first team. He had four PAC Player of the Year as well as one PAC Pitcher of the Year. During his tenure, Hetzer had 39 Saints named all-region (ABCA), one Pitcher of the Year in the region (ABCA) and seven All-American (ABCA and D3baseball.com). Hetzer had two NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipients as well as 13 academic all-district players and six Google Cloud Academic All-Americans.  Hetzer was been named the ABCA Conference Coach of the Year in 2008, 2011 and 2015 as well as the PAC Coach of the Year in 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018.

Hetzer expected excellence both in the classroom and on the field. In the classroom his teams had a Grade Point Average of 2.8 or better in all 38 semesters, including 29 of his 38 semesters the team has had a 3.0 or higher. As for baseball his goals each season for the team is to be invited to the NCAA Tournament. 

Coach Hetzer graduated from Elder High School and then continued his academic and athletic endeavors at Wittenberg University. While at Wittenberg, Hetzer was an all-conference and all-region performer. He also helped lead the team to its first regional final and eclipsed the school record for team wins in a season. After two years at Wittenberg he transferred to Northern Kentucky University (NKU). At NKU Hetzer played for the late Bill Aker and was a team captain and once again an all-conference and all-region performer. He was also named to the conference all-academic team. Hetzer earned his degree in physical education with a minor in health and also earned his master's degree in education while at NKU. After graduating from NKU, Hetzer served as an assistant coach for four years at his alma mater, while also being the athletic facilities coordinator before being named head coach at Thomas More in the fall of 2000. Early in his tenure at Thomas More, Hetzer was an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach where he helped turn around a program which had won five games during the 2001-2002 season to 12 games during the 2002-2003 season. Then in 2004, Hetzer also was named the Interim Head Women's Basketball Coach, and led the team to the NCAA Sweet 16. Hetzer became the first coach in TMC history to win an NCAA tournament game for two different teams. In the summer of 2004, Hetzer was named the Assistant Athletic Director and promoted to Associate Athletic Director in 2013.  He served a four-year term on the NCAA Division III Baseball Committee from 2010 to 2013.

Hetzer resides in Lakeside Park, Kentucky, with his wife Rebecca and their son, Ryan and daughters, Olivia and Abigail.

 

YEAR BY YEAR COACHING RECORD AT THOMAS MORE
  OVERALL  
YEAR WIN LOSS TIES POSTSEASON
2001 20 18 0  
2002 17 11 2  
2003 33 10 0 NCAA Regional Finalist
2004 20 15 0  
2005 21 19 0  
2006 24 18 0  
2007 26 11 0  
2008 26 13 0  
2009 28 12 1  
2010 33 16 0 PAC Champions; NCAA Regional Semifinalist
2011 29 9 0 PAC Champions; NCAA Regional Semifinalist
2012 25 16 0  
2013 31 16 0 NCAA Regional Semifinalist
2014 25 19 0 PAC Champions; NCAA Regional Semifinalist
2015 30 12 0  
2016 31 12 0 PAC Champions; NCAA Regional Semifinalist
2017 27 12 0  
2018 24 20 0 PAC Champions; NCAA Tournament
2019 14 18 1  
Overall 484 277 4 5 Conference Championships
Win % .635 7 NCAA Appearances