Billy Hefflinger enters his fourth year as head baseball coach at College of the Siskiyous. He is also an instructor in the Physical Education Department. Hefflinger received his Associates of Arts Degree from College of the Siskiyous, Bachelors of Arts from York College (York, Nebraska) and Masters of Science in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, California).
During Hefflinger's time at Siskiyous he has had 27 players move on to four year colleges or universities. He has also had 14 players that have received All-Conference awards with two First Team ALL Golden Valley Conference David Duetschman 2007 and Eric Savage 2008. During the 2007 season the Eagles led the Golden Valley Conference in stolen bases and had two players lead the league in stolen bases David Duetschman finished 1st and Dan Chancelor finished 2nd. During the 2008 season the Eagles finished 1st in the league in fielding percentage. Eric Savage finished 5th and Andrew Swenson finished 6th in Golden Valley Conference in batting average. David Duetschman finished in 4th place with 17-18 in stolen bases before an injury ended his season. Aaron Jorgensen tied for 1st in saves with 5. COS in the 2009 season saw the Siskiyous baseball record of doubles broken by Chris Houle with 17 which helped him finish 3rd in the league. Ryan Trosko finished third in the league in triples while David Brauhn was 4th in innings pitched and 6th in strikeouts.
Prior to coaching at Siskiyous, Hefflinger was the head baseball coach at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas. Affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Western Texas College participates at the Division I level. In addition, the college is part of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC), which consists of some of the top junior college baseball teams in the nation. He worked hard with his coaching staff James Karcher (Former COS baseball Player), Mike Kaczowka (also former COS baseball assistant coach 2007), Jason Erdely to lead the four-year old baseball program in the right direction. Two of his players were honored with first team all-conference recognition and another two were ranked nationally with the NJCAA. In 2004, Landon Thompson finished 21st in the nation in batting average at .43, and in 2005, Chris Baker who later went onto to being an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American finished 27th in the nation in ERA at 2.138. During his tenure, 15 players achieved all-conference recognition including a team record of 7 in 2006. His 2004 team posted.825 stolen bases percentage. Defensively, his team placed in the top of the conference in fielding percentage finishing 2nd in 2006. While at Western Texas College Hefflinger had the privilege of working for and with Dave Hanes former AD, Jim Clifton former AD and Dean, Lee Burk Physical Education chair and Dr. Williams former President, Teresa Pinkerton and Rome McNary former softball coach. He credits these people and many others with the success of the baseball program during his time there.
Hefflinger came to Western Texas College after a two-year assistant coaching position at California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, California). While there, he worked with outfielders, infielders and hitters. The CLU Kingsmen finished first in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) in 2001 with a 28-14 record, earning the team an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Western Regional. In 2002, the team posted a 30-10 record and finished second in the SCIAC. While at CLU he worked under head Coach Marty Slimak and had the honor of being on the coaching staff while Jason Hirsh pitched for CLU, who went on to pitch in the Major Leagues for both the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies.
In 2000, before coaching at CLU, Hefflinger was an assistant coach at York College. Where he worked with hitters that were ranked 16th in nation with .353 team batting average. The team also set a NAIA record for hit by pitches with 123. While at York College he worked under Milan Rasic, who has gone on to coach many of Hefflinger former players at COS.
Academic success is very important to Hefflinger and his coaching staff. At Western Texas College, he saw many students athletes move onto four-year College of universities. The sophomore class of 2005-2006 accumulated a GPA of 3.42 with four freshman earning 4.0 averages. During 2006, three players were recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom: Geraldo Rendon along with Matt Stovall earned Academic All-American Honors and Tim Kelleher earned a place on the Texas All-academic Team, and he was honored as the top male student at Western Texas College for the 2005-2006 school year.
Hefflinger and his coaching staff have also worked tirelessly at fundraising, creating a "26.2 Club" for baseball fans. The clubs main event is a marathon which Hefflinger runs after the team raises pledges for the program. While at Western Texas College he ran two marathon fundraisers, and since being at Siskiyous he has ran four marathon fundraisers. Since being at COS Hefflinger has has also incorporated the entire athletic department. Hefflinger hopes that his personal involvement shows both his players and his Eagle supporters how hard he is willing to work for Siskiyous Baseball and Athletics.
While Attending York College as a student-athlete Hefflinger was a Two-time First Team Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference player in (1998) shortstop and in (1999) Catcher. Hefflinger was also a First Team NCCAA All-American/All Region (1999), and All Nebraska 2nd Team shortstop (1998). Hefflinger also received the Sertoma Award and Best Hitter award and was given the Team's Most Valuable Player Honor (1999).
Billy Hefflinger was raised in Portland, Oregon, his father Robert Hefflinger played professionally in the New York Yankees organization along with his uncle Jim Hefflinger. Both his father and uncle are in the Cleveland High School Athletic Hall of Fame (Portland, Oregon) and The Portland Interscholastic League Athletic Hall of Fame. Hefflinger's younger brother Ricky played Division I baseball at North Dakota State University and is currently a junior in college at Division I Mississippi Valley State University where he is an infielder.
Hefflinger is married to Holly (Potts) Hefflinger of Lubbock Texas who was a college basketball player at New Mexico Junior College (Hobbs, NM) and McMurry University (Abilene, Texas). Holly is an adjunct instructor in the Physical Education Department and is an instructor for Athletic Study Halls; she is also an assistant coach for the women's basketball program.
Billy Hefflinger enters his fourth year as head baseball coach at College of the Siskiyous. He is also an instructor in the Physical Education Department. Hefflinger received his Associates of Arts Degree from College of the Siskiyous, Bachelors of Arts from York College (York, Nebraska) and Masters of Science in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, California)