Tom Heinemann is entering his third season as Assistant Coach with the Belmont University men's soccer program.
Last season, Heinemann helped lead Belmont to one of its most successful years in program history with a 7-3-2 record in the spring 2021 season. The Bruins set or matched program records in winning percentage (.667), fewest goals allowed (10), shutouts (6), consecutive matches without a loss (7) and consecutive wins (4).
Belmont capped off its impressive spring campaign with the program’s first ever appearance in the SoCon Tournament title match. It knocked off top-seeded and No. 25 ranked Furman in the conference tournament semifinals to advance to the championship match, where they fell by a narrow 1-0 margin to UNC Greensboro.
The Saint Louis native started his playing career at Rockhurst University where he cemented himself as a prolific goal scorer, netting 36 goals and dishing out 21 assists in just 60 games. He moved up to the professional ranks in 2009, signing with United Soccer League side Charleston Battery. Playing for eight clubs in the United States and Canada over his 10-year career, Heinemann made stops with Major League Soccer clubs Columbus Crew SC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
While playing at the highest levels of North American soccer, Heinemann was part of several championship teams and earned many honors in his 225 professional matches. He racked up 57 goals and 19 assists in his illustrious career. Most recently, Heinemann was the top scorer on the San Francisco Deltas team that won the North American Soccer League Championship. In 2011, he was part of the Columbus Crew SC side that made a run to the MLS Cup Playoffs. Heinemann had one of his most impressive seasons in 2010 with USL's Charleston Battery. The team won the USL Championship and Heinemann was named the USL Championship MVP. He also led the league in assists that season. The last stop of his career was with USL Championship side Penn FC in the 2018 season.
In addition to his playing experience, Heinemann has nearly 10 years of coaching experience. In 2018, Heinemann served as an assistant coach for Yale University Men's Soccer. He owns his own soccer organization called Heinemann Soccer and was a co-founder for Pro Futsal Training, providing unparalleled training to athletes for more than a decade. He also made stops as the assistant coach at the University of British Columbia and coached in the Columbus Crew SC Academy system. Heinemann works with clubs locally and serves as a staff coach at Tennessee's Olympic Development Program.
Heinemann currently holds his United States Soccer Federation 'A' Coaching License. He also works for Major League Soccer as a Professional Match Evaluator.
In 2018, Heinemann co-founded the USL Players Association, organizing over 600 soccer players in 33 cities across North America and remains an Executive Director, a member of the Executive Committee, and a Board of Director's member. In this capacity, Heinemann currently oversees more than 900 soccer players in 47 cities across North America, manages the Board of Directors, operations, marketing, strategy and communications.
Heinemann resides in Nashville with his wife Katrina and son Hudson.