University of Arizona

Dave Heeke
Director of Athletics

Dave Heeke

Dave Heeke is the Athletic Director at the University of Arizona.

Until early 2017, he was the Director of Athletics at Central Michigan University.   Under Heeke’s guidance, Central Michigan athletics attained new heights of success during the 2012-13 seasons. Six teams – football, soccer, women’s basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, and softball – qualified for the NCAA postseason. The football team made its fifth bowl appearance in the last seven years, winning the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit in front of a national television audience. The soccer program became the first in MAC history to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Women’s basketball claimed a third-straight 20-plus win season, a Mid-American Conference Tournament title and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 29 years. Gymnastics advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the fifth straight year, earning its fourth consecutive MAC championship along the way.

Overall, Central Michigan finished 88th in the Learfield Sports’ Directors Cup, second best in the Mid-American Conference.

Before Central Michigan, Heeke  spent 18 years at the University of Oregon, including serving as senior associate athletics director/chief of staff. There he assisted the athletics director with the daily operation of the Ducks’ $40 million budget and 17 sports. His primary role was revenue generation through external operations. He also was the direct administrative supervisor for football, men’s basketball, women’s soccer and softball.

Heeke received a bachelor’s degree from Albion College in 1985 and a master’s degree from Ohio State University in 1987. At Albion, he was a co-captain of the baseball team and a member of the club hockey team. He was a three- sport athlete at East Lansing High School. Heeke received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the East Lansing Educational Foundation in 2007. He and his wife, Liz, have three boys, Ryan, Max and Zach.