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After more than 33 years of service, Dr. Ronald Heinrichs is now enjoying one of the sports he coached while serving as a Central faculty member. In retirement, the professor emeritus of health education and his wife, Faith, now reside in a golfing community, Hot Springs Village, Ark.
In a career that took many turns, Dr. Heinrichs joined Central in 1968 as a supervising instructor of physical education at the university’s lab school, where he also served as head basketball coach and assisted in coaching football and track. He joined the Department of Physical Education in 1970 as an instructor and assistant Mules basketball coach. His duties later included coaching tennis and serving as head golf coach, a title held from 1973-1979. He was promoted to assistant professor in the department in 1972, and in 1981 he became an associate professor of health education. He was promoted to professor in 1984.
Throughout his tenure, he played an important role in coordinating health education programs and was known for his high student evaluations. He also served as a mentor for new faculty members.
Dr. Heinrichs earned his bachelor’s degree at Phillips University, Enid, Okla., master’s degree at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater; education specialist degree at Central; and doctorate at the University of Utah.