Owner & Director of Pitching Development
Heffner has devoted nearly his entire life to baseball and more specifically, pitching. Though relatively young, 30 years old, Heffner's experience and knowledge far surpass his age.
Heffner was a four-year varsity pitcher at Iowa City West High School, a two-year conference starter at Mt. Mercy University, and spent one season pitching at the University of Mobile. His career ended following Tommy John Surgery after his junior season at Mobile.
Though the dream of pitching professionally ended, Heffner knew his life in baseball was just beginning. During his time in college, Heffner caught the coaching bug while serving as an assistant with various high schools in Iowa and Alabama.
After graduating from the University of Mobile in 2011, with a degree in athletic training, Heffner began working at Providence Hospital as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Providence contracted Heffner out to local high schools where he not only served as Head Athletic Trainer, but also assisted with their baseball programs.
During this time Heffner began to realize the need for medically and scientifically based baseball instruction. To this end, Heffner left Providence, and Alabama, to become the pitching coach at Cornell College.
During his two seasons at Cornell, the pitching staff rapidly improved. In 2012, the year before Heffner's arrival, the team ERA was 6.66. In Heffner's first season, 2013, the ERA fell by nearly 1/2 a run and in 2014 the ERA fell by more than 2 full runs! The 2014 staff led the conference in ERA! During his two seasons, the opponent batting average against and strikeout to walk ratio have both improved as well.
Heffner's pitchers proved what customized plans and hard work can do. Their drastic improvement caught the eye of numerous other colleges in the area as Heffner received several job offers during the summer. After careful consideration, Heffner decided to accept the pitching coach position at Mt. Mercy University where his staff experienced similar results in 2015.
Heffner has since teamed up with Bill Peterson of RPM Pitching. Coach Peterson has spent more than 15 years researching and developing a revolutionary change to how throwing is taught. Using Coach Peterson's methods, pitchers have been able to throw more, throw faster, and remain healthy! Coach Peterson has even taken pitchers with excruciating arm injuries and helped them throw at high levels while getting rid of their pain! Coach Heffner experienced throwing pain-free for the first time in nearly 20 years while visiting Coach Peterson in Colorado.
The two quickly developed a deep bond and Coach Peterson began to teach Coach Heffner all about the RPM way. Heffner soaked up the RPM training principles and is now ready to help pass that information along to the current crop of players and coaches.
Coach Heffner married his wife, Alex, in September of 2015. The couple welcomed their first child, a son (Maddox) to the world in August of 2017.
Heffner's goal for Velocity Farm is to continue having a positive impact on the local baseball community. Please continue to explore our site and as always, feel free to contact us with any questions you have! Contact Us