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Meet Joe Heinrichs

Estherville, IA
Psychology ('18)

Joe Heinrichs

I had a professor email me in the early hours of a morning because she had ‘heard’ I had gotten in to law school. And Coach Herk drove to school in the worst blizzard of the year so that athletes could work out. The level of commitment shown here is incredible.


— Joe Heinrichs
Estherville, IA
Psychology ('18)

Joe Heinrichs, a senior psychology major, is looking forward to attending law school at St. Thomas University next fall. Heinrichs intends to work toward his criminal law license at the school, located in Minneapolis, MN.

A native of Estherville, Iowa, Heinrichs is familiar with the competitive atmosphere that he will soon face in a courtroom. During his time at Briar Cliff, he competed in both football and track and field, earning several distinct honors in each sport, including being named an NAIA Scholar Athlete.

This fall, Heinrichs led his football team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. This indoor track season, he was named Student Athlete of the Week. And in early spring, Heinrichs was voted a captain of the track team.

He states that his proudest accomplishment at Briar Cliff was “becoming a track All-American with an amazing group of guys.” He continues, “We worked our butts off and Coach Miller had us perform our best at the highest level. It was a lot of fun.” Heinrichs is an eight-time track National Qualifier, and a two-time All-American.

If he is not in the class or at practice, Heinrichs can usually be found working in the BCU print shop with his beloved boss, Bobbi Swanson. He says that the people at BCU are what he enjoys most about The Cliff.

“I had a professor email me in the early hours of a morning because she had ‘heard’ I had gotten in to law school. And Coach Herk drove to school in the worst blizzard of the year so that athletes could work out. The level of commitment shown here is incredible.”

Going forward, Heinrichs will utilize the many lessons he has learned in the classroom, and on the field and track to find success as a lawyer. Coach Reggie Miller says, “I feel very privileged to have be able to coach Joe these past fours years, and look forward to seeing what life holds for him as he moves on in his journey.”

Miller continues, “I have always been impressed with Joe’s work ethic and his desire each day to become better than the day before. It’s that drive that will help him to excel in years to come.”

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