Welcome to Heartland Community College and the excitement of the Hawks' athletic program.
The Hawks play their home games at the Corn Crib – a minor-league athletic stadium located on Heartland Community College’s Normal campus, construction of the stadium was completed in spring 2011, and it is a state-of-the-art in-ground bowl facility with a capacity for approximately 7,000 fans. The synthetic turf field is home to all four Heartland sports—baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer. During the College’s off-season, the Corn Crib is the home of Frontier League baseball’s Normal CornBelters. The stadium is East of Heartland's main campus and is located at 1000 West Raab Road, Normal, IL.
Heartland is proud of the way it has represented in its first five years of Mid-west Athletic Conference competition. The Hawks' baseball team finished the regular season ranked second nationally, won conference for the third straight year, took home first place at the Region 24 tournament and returned to the NJCAA D-II World Series and finished third. The Hawks' softball team were conference champs for the fourth time in five years and finished third at the Region 24 Tournament. The men's soccer team finished 7-8-4 in the fall and the women's soccer team finished 8-6-1 for the 2011 season.
For their performance in the classroom Heartland's athletes: Caio David (Men's Soccer), Ricky Wright (Men's Soccer), Sami Dees (Women's Soccer), Christyne Grabanski (Women's Soccer), Rachel Murrill (Women's Soccer), Cody Bobbit (Baseball), Michael Collins (Baseball), John Spoelstra (Baseball), Mitch Tielke (Baseball), Phil Toldo (Baseball), Mike Wieland (Baseball), Kathryn Brown (Softball), and Audrey Butler (Softball) were named as 2012 Academic All-Conference Athletes. Heartland also had six athletes receiving NJCAA academic awards in 2012, Kathryn Brown, earned the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for her 4.0 GPA. Mitche Tielke had a 3.80 GPA and earned the Superior Academic Award. The Exemplary Academic Award was received by Michael Collins (3.77 GPA), Mike Wieland (3.77 GPA), Sami Dees (3.76 GPA), and Ricky Wright (3.66 GPA).
Softball standout Danielle Burge was voted onto the 2012 NJCAA Division II All-American team. Baseball also had two athletes named NJCAA Division II All-Americans, Dylan Johnson and Aaron Hauge. Hauge was also named conference and Region 24 pitcher-of-the-year, Coach Metzger earned the coach-of-the-year award in both Region 24 and the M-WAC.
Heartland Athletics is proud of the success it has already experienced and looks forward to building on that success. The student-athletes at Heartland have upheld the values and expectations of the athletic department and will continue to do so into the future in order to build a proud tradition that starts in the classroom and extends to the playing field.
If interested in an internship with the Athletic Department, please contact Nate Metzger (Athletic Director) at 309-268-8418 or Nate Metzger.
View the 2013 Equity in Athletics report (PDF format*, 640KB, 22 pages).
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