USCB’s Longest-Tenured Coaches Headed West

The two longest-tenured coaches in the USCB athletics department are leaving the program.

Softball coach Laura Heberling and women’s soccer coach Ed Heberling – both of whom have been involved with their programs since the inception – have resigned, the school officially announced Thursday. Laura has accepted a position as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Utah State.

USCB will immediately begin a search for a new softball coach, while assistant coach Jay Harris will take over the soccer program as interim head coach before a full search following the 2018 season.

The Heberlings have been at USCB since February 2011, when Laura was hired as the school’s first assistant softball coach and Ed was tabbed to launch the women’s soccer program. Laura was promoted to head coach after two seasons and has posted a 177-92 record over five years as head coach, leading the Sand Sharks to the Sun Conference Tournament each season. USCB won the conference tournament in 2015 and reached the finals in 2016 and 2018.

During her tenure, Heberling coached 27 all-Sun Conference performers, 2 NAIA All-Americans, 14 Sun Conference All-Academic performers, 8 CoSIDA Academic All-District players and 1 CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Ed was hired in February 2011 and tasked with starting a program the following August. The daunting challenge resulted in a 1-15 record in 2011, but the Sand Sharks have been competitive in the powerful Sun Conference ever since. Ed finishes his time at USCB with a 48-74-4 overall record (47-59-4 after the inaugural campaign), and the Sand Sharks reached the conference quarterfinals four times and the semifinals once during his tenure. USCB had 16 Sun Conference all-academic performers, 6 NAIA Daktronics scholar-athletes, 1 CoSIDA Academic All-District player, and 10 all-Sun Conference performers over that span.

“Ed and I are very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of starting programs here at USCB and for all the people who made that happen,” Laura said in a personal message from to the Sand Shark family. “From former head coach and athletic director Ty Rietkovich for giving me the opportunity to join USCB as an assistant coach, to former Chancellor Jane Upshaw and current director of athletics Quin Monahan for believing in me five years ago to become the head coach of Sand Shark softball, I will always be grateful. I’d also like to thank our athletics staff who have been an amazing work family. I know our successes at USCB would not have been possible without the people most directly involved — the players, assistant coaches, alumnae, and their families. I would like to thank each and every one of those people for their hard work and dedication to the program and for all the amazing memories we made. I wish USCB softball and athletics nothing but the best in the future. Forever a Sand Shark. Fins Up!”

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