Feb. 19, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - If an all-time Top 5 of great basketball players in Cal State Northridge were selected, Brian Heinle would definitely be on the list.
Because of his outstanding exploits on the basketball court while a member of the Matador basketball team, Heinle is one of four former Matador student-athletes, two former Cal State Northridge head coaches, and one NCAA championship team that will be formally inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame ceremonies on March 1 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills.
Heinle earned the distinction of being the first Division I All-American player in Cal State Northridge basketball history (2000-01). Heinle ended his four-year career as the team's all-time leading scorer (1,641 points) and is second all-time in rebounding (785). Heinle holds two other career records, and is ranked in the Matador Top 10 in several other categories.
"I am honored to be inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame," said Heinle who has been playing in Europe since graduating from CSUN. "I want to say `thanks' to all my coaches and teammates at Cal State Northridge. It's because of them that I am receiving this honor. Being a student-athlete at CSUN was a great learning experience and a period in my life that I will never forget. Thank you."
Current CSUN head basketball coach Bobby Braswell coached Heinle for four seasons at Cal State Northridge. Braswell holds a high respect for Heinle both on-and-off the court.
"Brian was one of the most highly competitive players I've ever coached," said Braswell. "Everyone marveled at his work ethic. He was a gym rat. Any free time away from school work Brian was in the gym, or you would see him around campus dribbling a basketball. He was very committed and dedicated to improving himself. He grew not only as a player but as a person as well. He is very deserving of his induction into the CSUN Hall of Fame. Off the court, he was a person of high character. We're very proud of the accomplishments of Brian."
Heinle will join with Marcus Brady (1998-01), Jeff Kubiak (swimming, 1985-87) and Beth Onestinghel-Woll (softball, 1985-88) into this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees.
The two former head coaches are Marwan Ass'ad (men's soccer, 1983-98) and Dr. Barbara Swerkes (track & field, 1972-80).
The 1970 Matador baseball team, which captured the NCAA Division II national title, will also be inducted into the CSUN Hall of Fame, the first time in school history that a team will be honored in such a manner.
On Friday, Jeff Kubiak, one of the greatest, if not the greatest swimmer in Matador school history, will be profiled.
If you would like more information on the Hall of Fame luncheon on March 1, please contact Megan Norman at 818-677-3208 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Heinle - Basketball (1997-01)
*** Earned the distinction of being the first Division I All-American in Cal State Northridge basketball history (2000-01)
** Named the Big Sky Tournament MVP in helping lead the Matadors to the tournament title and a berth in the Division I NCAA Tournament
*** Voted first team All-Big Sky during his senior season (2000-01)...A year earlier, was named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference
*** A two-time co-MVP (1999-00, 2000-01)
*** Following the 2000-01 season, named to the NABC/Chevrolet All District-15 team
*** Averaged 20.2 ppg during his senior season (2000-01), sixth-best in school history...Also led the team in rebounding (9.2 rpg) in 2000-01
*** The all-time leading scorer in school history (1,641 points), career field goals (590) and career field goal attempts (1,263)
*** Also the school record holder in single season points (646 points) during the 2000-01 season
*** Ranks #2 all-time in career games played (119) at CSUN
*** Tallied 229 field goals in 2000-01, second-best in school history
*** Ranks second all-time in season free throw attempts (207, 2000-01)
*** His 458 field goals attempts in 2000-01 is fourth-best in school history
*** Led the team in scoring (14.6 ppg in 1999-00, 20.2 ppg in 2000-01)
*** His 465 career free throw attempts is fifth-best in school history
*** Tallied 136 free throws in 2000-01, sixth-best in school history
*** CSUN's second all-time leading rebounder with 785
*** Grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds against Montana State (1/25/01)
*** Ranks second and third, respectively, in the school record book in career three-point goals (149) and career three-point field goal attempts (395)
*** Led the Matadors in blocks in three seasons (1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01)
*** Ranks second in career blocks at CSUN with 76
*** Ranks fifth all-time in career assists (290) in school history
*** Played 3,101 minutes in four seasons at CSUN, fourth-best in school history
*** During his senior season, played 1,036 minutes, second-best in the school record book
`*** Voted Scholar-Athlete on the team (1997-98)
*** Voted Most Improved player following the 1998-99 season
*** Scored a career-high 34 points at Weber State (1/29/00)