Jeff Sheetz (2019)
About Jeff Sheetz
The personalities of coaches tend to shape and represent the character of the programs they lead and the teams of Heath High School are no exception. Jeff Sheets has not only had a positive influence on the athletes he coaches, but has reached out across the years to impact the sports of Cross Country and Track & Field in Ohio, something from which we have all benefitted. Jeff’s work with special education students at Licking Valley High School for 23 years and his 12 years as a guidance counselor at Heath Middle School prior to his retirement in 2012 demonstrates the caring for people for which he is best known and a leadership model for how to lift the lives of others beyond what they think possible and as a reminder to all coaches that the greater responsibility in our profession is the teaching of character so much moreso than “just running.” And character does win, by the way. On the track, his 2005 team won the Runners-up title at the State Championship Meet, returning in 2006 to finish 3rd before roaring back in 2007 to win the Division II State Championship title. With numerous State qualifiers and All-Ohio athletes across all of the event areas, highlights of individual performances include Wade Kirk who ran the 100M, 200M, and was a 21’ 0” Long Jumper; Shaunisha Winter in the High Jump; Emily McCall in the 1600M; and Eric Spence who also set the Heath HJ record at 6’ 10.75” and represented Team Ohio at the 2005 Midwest Meet. Aaron Roberts was the most accomplished Bulldog with a total of eight State Championship titles. Jeff has served as a District 11 Representative to the OATCCC, a former Midwest Meet of Champions coach, and as the OATCCC President from 2016-17. He currently serves the Executive Board as Past President. A member of numerous committees and boards, Jeff has served in local, state, and national capacities. Jeff played an instrumental role in the formation of the Indoor State Championships, now in its 14th year, and is the only meet director the meet has had. Jeff continues to coach at Heath and has served as Athletic Director and Athletic Faculty Manager since his retirement. He and his wife, Beth, live in Heath, Ohio.