Grant Heard

Coaches

• Grant Heard joined the Hoosiers as passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach on Jan. 4, 2017.

• Completed his fifth season as the wide receivers coach at Ole Miss in 2016 and has worked with Indiana head coach Tom Allen at Ole Miss, Arkansas State and Lambuth.

• “Grant Heard is one of the top wide receiver coaches in the country,” Allen said. “He will bring his expertise to the receivers room, a group of very talented players. We are blessed and excited to have him as a part of our family. He will coordinate the passing game and allow us to build off of the strong past that we have created with our ability to throw the football.”

• Mentored 2015 Biletnikoff Award finalist Laquon Treadwell, the program’s first Biletnikoff finalist. Treadwell caught 82 passes (2nd in the SEC) for an SEC-leading 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns.

• “I am extremely thrilled and blessed to join the Indiana football program,” Heard said. “To be able to come and work for Tom Allen is an honor for me and my family. I’ve worked with Tom for a number of years, know what he is all about and believe in what he stands for. I’m ready for a new challenge and to bring a different perspective to the staff.”

• Treadwell broke 15 school records in 2015 and was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, while fellow Heard standout Cody Core was selected in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Bengals.

• Heard’s 2015 receiving corps was one of four in the nation with seven or more players who caught at least 20 balls. Ole Miss broke nearly every offensive school record during the campaign, while it led the conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring (40.8), total (517.8) and passing offense (334.7).

• In 2014, Ole Miss was the only SEC school to place three receivers in the top 12 in touchdown catches. The previous season Treadwell (5.58) and current Indianapolis Colts wideout Donte Moncrief (4.42) ranked inside the league’s top eight in receptions per game, and Moncrief was No. 6 in the SEC in receiving yards per game (68.8).

• Ole Miss broke then school records for total offense (473.3), pass completions (310) and pass attempts (490). The Rebels ranked third in the conference in passing offense (283.3) and fifth in total offense, while finishing in the NCAA’s top 25 in both categories.

• The 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year, Treadwell set freshman records in catches (67), receiving yards (557) and touchdown receptions (5). He topped all SEC freshman receivers in catches, yards and TDs.

• Moncrief declared for the NFL Draft after his junior year and finished his career in the top three in program history in receptions, yards and scores. He was selected by the Colts in the third round (90th pick).

• Served as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State (2010-11). Quarterback Ryan Aplin, the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, established school single-season records for total offense and passing yards per game, and he ranked No. 10 in the nation in total offense.

• His passing attack ranked 16th in the nation, and the Red Wolves finished 24th in total offense en route to a Sun Belt championship and a GoDaddy.com Bowl appearance.

• Prior to ASU, Heard spent 2008 and 2009 as Lambuth’s offensive coordinator. The 2008 Eagles accumulated 5,861 yards and became the No. 1 offense in NAIA. Lambuth finished third in the nation in scoring offense and fourth in passing efficiency.

• A wide receiver at Ole Miss (1996-2000), Heard helped the Rebels to four bowl games and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in career receptions and touchdowns. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2001.

• Signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002 and was sent to play in NFL Europe. He appeared in preseason games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2001.

• Upon completion of his playing career, Heard started his coaching career as the quarterbacks, wide receivers and special teams coach at Jackson (Miss.) Preparatory High School in 2002 before he moved on to Hargrave Military Academy, where he led the wide receivers and helped Hargrave to an 8-1 record the following season.

• Joined the collegiate ranks as an offensive graduate assistant at N.C. State in 2004 and returned to Ole Miss as an offensive graduate assistant in 2005-06. He assisted in coaching the receivers and tight ends, and he tutored future NFL players Mike Wallace, Shay Hodge, Marshay Green, Mike Espy and Taye Biddle.

• In 2007, Heard moved on to Western Michigan and coached wide receivers. He oversaw first team All-MAC selection Jamarko Simmons, the 15th-ranked receiver in the nation, and the receiving corps gained over 3,000 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.

• Grant is married to the former Renata Nowacki, who was a four-year letterwinner on the Ole Miss volleyball team (1997-2000), and the couple has a son, Jayden (7), and a daughter, Avery (3). His brother, Ronnie, was also a standout at Ole Miss and in the NFL.