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Dr. Bodo Fritzen, Head Men's Soccer Coach

Bodo Fritzen
Dr. Bodo Fritzen
Head Men's Soccer Coach

Dr. Bodo Fritzen is in his eighth season as the head men’s soccer coach at Heartland Community College.

In seven seasons running the Hawks’ men’s soccer program, Fritzen has compiled a 64-63-10 (.503) record, including a 23-32-3 (.418) record in Region 24 action, a 48-30-6 (.615) mark at home. In 2009, Fritzen was named the Mid-West Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after the Hawks went 13-4-1 and earned the #3 seed in the Region 24 tournament.

During his time at Heartland, Fritzen has coached 14 All-Region 24 players, 23 all-conference players, 11 academic all-conference selections, 2 Academic All-Americans, two-time Region 24 Player of the Year, Javier Torres, and 2010 Region 24 Midfielder of the Year Tyler DeGroot.

In 2013, Fritzen’s club finished 7-13 -1 after falling in a Region 24 quarter final playoff matchup with Parkland Community College. In 2012, the Hawks ended their season at 8-10-2 and fell in the Region 24 quarter finals to Lewis and Clark. In 2011 Heartland went 7-8-4 with four All-MWAC selections and two All-Region 24 honorees, and tied Fritzen’s high in home victories with a 9-3-0 mark.

The 2010 season saw the Hawks match Firtzen’s high in overall victories at 13-5-1, set his highest home winning percentage at .818 (9-2-0), and tie his most Region 24 wins in a season at 7-2-0. The Hawks also earned their highest ever Region 24 tournament seed at #2. Javier Torres became Heartland’s only First Team All-American pick, was named the Region 24 Player of the Year for the second straight season, and joined Region 24 Midfielder of the Year Tyler DeGroot on the All-Region 24 First Team.  

2009 was a record year for the men’s soccer program as Fritzen led his team to his highest ever winning percentage of .764 (13-4-1), which also set the team high for wins in a single season at 13, and a 7-2-1 Region 24 record, which also set the team high for Region 24 wins in a season. For his efforts, Fritzen was awarded as the M-WAC Coach of the Year. In addition, the Hawks were seeded third in the Region 24 tournament, their highest in the first three years of the program, and featured Region 24 Player of the Year, M-WAC Player and Freshman of the Year, and Second Team All-American selection Javier Torres.

In 2008 Fritzen’s squad increased its season win total by two games to 9-12-0, and went and 4-5 in the Region 24. The Hawks were seeded seventh in the Region 24 tournament for the second straight season and saw the program’s first All-Region honorees as Josh Rule, VanLanduyt, and Mathew Waltz were named All-Region 24 Honorable Mention and selected to the all-conference second team.

In 2007, Fritzen’s inaugural season saw the Hawks go 7-11-1 overall and 2-6-0 in the Region 24, while earning the seventh seed in its first ever Region 24 tournament. Josh Rule became the first Hawk to win any postseason award as he was named to the all-conference second team.

Fritzen came to Heartland Community College as the men's soccer coach after successful coaching stops at other area schools.

Fritzen coached the men's soccer team at Illinois State University for seven years, and spent a year as the Bloomington High School coach before beginning his 20-year stint at University High School. As the U-High coach, Fritzen posted a 282-107-36 record and helped the team to four state tournament appearances, including a third place showing in 1998.

He also coached the U-High girls’ team for eight seasons, taking them to the state finals twice, earning a second place finish one year.

As Coach Fritzen began his Heartland coaching career, he posted a 305-110 high school coaching record.

Fritzen is also a professor of humanities and foreign languages at Heartland Community College.

Fritzen's Heartland Record
Year Overall Region Home
2007 7-11-1 (.388) 2-6-0 (.250) 4-5-1 (.444)
2008 9-12-0 (.428) 4-5-0 (.444) 6-4-2 (.600)
2009 13-4-1 (.764) 7-2-1 (.777) 6-4-3 .600)
2010 13-5-1 (.722) 7-2-0 (.777) 9-2-0 (.818)
2011 7-8-4 (.466) 1-5-2 (.166) 9-3-0 (.750)
2012 8-10-2 (.444) 1-6-0 (.142) 8-6-0 (.571)
2013 7-13-1 (.350) 1-6-0 (.142) 6-6-0 (.500)
2014 7-14-0 (.333) 2-5-0 (.285) 6-3-0 (.666)
TOTAL 71-77-10 (.479) 25-37-3 (.403) 54-33-6 (.620)

Contact Information

Phone: (309) 268-8619 (Office)
Email: Bodo Fritzen