Heidi Shays Heinbaugh
Sport(s): Field Hockey
Heidi Shays Heinbaugh ’91 was selected for the 2002 Athletic Hall of Fame, but when she told Dr. Phil Eskew Jr. ’63, president of the "D" Association, she would be eight months pregnant for the induction, he suggested she not fly from California and wait until 2003. Playing field hockey for DePauw, she was elected to the Hoosier Conference for Women team all four years. An All-State Honorable Mention her first year, she made first team as a sophomore, junior and senior, and she was a regional all-American those three years as well. Her sophomore year, playing forward, she broke the single-season scoring record with 32 goals. Heinbaugh received the best mental attitude award for three years, and she was elected by both teammates and coaches as team co-captain her junior and senior years. Her senior year DePauw went to the NCAA national tournament for the first time. Heinbaugh was the first DePauw field hockey player named an NCAA all-American. At the time of her graduation, she was the second-highest scorer in history. Following graduation from DePauw with a degree in communications, she moved to San Francisco and worked in television and newspapers while taking journalism courses at the University of California-Berkeley. She moved to New York and earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia University in 1994. Her journalism career took her to southern California where she freelanced with local television affiliates until joining ABC Network News full time. She married Barry Heinbaugh in 1995 and ran the L.A. Marathon with him in 1996. She played on an adult roller hockey league through the first trimester of her first pregnancy. She now has three children: sons Quinn, 5 and Cole, 3, and daughter, Chaney, who turns one on Nov. 10, 2003. Her athletic interests also include running and ocean swimming.