Court named in honor of Coach Heimann

Excerpt from the Register-Mail:

Duke University has Coach K Court and Arizona has Lute Olson Court so why not Tim Heimann Court in Knox College’s Memorial Gym?

It happened in a surprise ceremony Saturday attended by Heimann’s family, friends and faculty and staff from the college.

Thanks to a $250,000 donation by Knox alumnus Duke Petrovich and his wife, Nancy, as part of a $500,000 renovation project for the 57-year-old gym, Heimann’s name is now painted on the sideline near center court.

Heimann, who just ended a 24-year career as head men’s basketball coach at the school and admits he takes great pride in his intimate knowledge of campus activities, was obviously shocked by the honor when Petrovich announced it.

“I tried to come over to the gym a week ago and the doors were locked,” said Heimann. “I went into the office and said, guys let me into the gym and Rob (Purlee) said no. I said, What do you mean no? He said, ‘I was told not to do it.’

“I assume now they wanted the whole thing to be a surprise.”

Petrovich, a 1974 grad whose donation was joined by $100,000 gift by Sue and Tom Anderson, noted that one of his fondest memories of Memorial Gym was seeing an Alice Cooper concert there.

But Petrovich acquired naming rights with his contribution and he explained how he came to his decision. “Our criteria was someone who has given their career to Knox, has lived the values and who is also a good decision-maker,” he told the group standing in the gym, still in the midst of renovation.