Mickey Heinecken chosen for alma mater’s hall of fame
NEWARK, Del. — The University of Delaware announced last week that former longtime Middlebury College football coach Mickey Heinecken will be among one of 10 school alumni honored this year as the newest members of its Athletics Hall of Fame.
Among other UD alumni to be inducted along with Heinecken during the university’s homecoming weekend on Oct. 28 will be Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens, who played for the Blue Hens in 2006 and 2007.
Heinecken, a 1961 graduate and a three-sport star at Delaware, also served as the school’s head men’s lacrosse coach for nine years and assisted the school’s football program before taking over as the Middlebury football coach for 28 years, compiling a 126-95-2 mark. Following the 1977 and 1981 seasons, Heinecken was named the All-Division New England Coach of the Year.
Heinecken played four years of football (1957-1960) in the fall, and in the spring two years of baseball (1958-1959) before switching to lacrosse (1960-1961). He coached lacrosse in 1962 and 1963, and again from 1965 to 1972 and assisted the football program in 1962 and from 1966 to 1972 before leaving for Middlebury.
According to a press release from the university, the Philadelphia native was a standout end in football for Hall of Fame head coach Dave Nelson and helped lead the 1959 squad to the Middle Atlantic Conference title and Lambert Cup Trophy.
In 1959 Heinecken was named an Associated Press honorable mention Little All-American. In 1960, he earned All-MAC laurels as team captain, and in 1961 he was named the UD Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.
As a player, he also helped lead the UD lacrosse squad to the 1961 MAC crown. After earning his degrees from UD in 1961 and 1963 (master’s) and a stint in the Army (1963-65), he served as defensive backs coach for eight seasons as part of Hall of Famer Tubby Raymond’s staff and helped the team win national championships in 1971 and 1972, three conference titles, and five Lambert Cups. As a coach, he led the UD men’s lacrosse squad to three MAC titles.
Heinecken is a Cornwall resident.
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