Highland Trojans Boys Basketball Coaching Staff
Jordan Heckard is in his 7th year as Head Coach at Highland HS. Prior to coming to Highland, Heckard was a Varsity Asst. coach at Lafayette Jefferson, North Montgomery, and Frontier HS. Heckard teaches Social Studies at HHS. He is a graduate of Valparaiso HS, where he was a member of the 2004 Final Four team. Heckard is also an alum of Purdue University, West Lafayette and received his Masters from University of Missouri.
Tom Brankin is in his 11th year of coaching in the Highland Basketball Program. Brankin is a graduate of Brother Rice High School in Chicago, IL and an alum of Valparaiso University, where he played Golf. Currently, Coach Brankin is an assistant Mens Golf coach at Valpo University. Coach Brankin’s two sons (Tommy and Tyler) both played for the Trojans and his daughter (Katie) is currently a manager.
Drew Boetel is in his first year as the JV Head Coach/Varsity assistant. Boetel is a Valparaiso High School graduate. Boetel currently attends Indiana University Northwest, where he played basketball. Boetel plans to teach after graduation.
Eric Beard is in his fourth year coaching basketball. This is his first year coaching the HHS Freshman team. Prior to this position, Beard served as the HMS 7th grade coach for two season. Before his stint as the 7th grade coach, Beard was the Freshman coach at Lake Central HS. Beard is a Highland alum, where he starred on the basketball court. He continued his basketball career at Purdue Calumet and is also a Colorado State alum. Beard teaches English at HHS.