“I know the program will move on because she’s established a base. Jane has been with us the better part of four decades and touched the lives of thousands of female athletes, coaches and parents.”
Through the years Heil has maintained close relationships with her former players. Last summer Denise Deshields Reynolds, who was a team captain during Heil’s second season coaching, stopped by to say hello when she brought her son to Boston to visit colleges. She is now a doctor in charge of 30,000 inmates in Texas.
“I’ve had the privilege to coach some amazing people over the years,” said Heil, who is also a terrific tennis player, a member of the Bass River doubles team (with partner Lorraine Benoit) that placed fourth nationally in the Super Senior National Championship in Arizona in 2010.
“MVP has taken on a new meaning; Most Valuable People. I’ve had so many, and it’s the kids I’m going to miss the most. I think maybe it’s time for a younger person, an energizer to take the job.”
Heil’s energy and passion for the game never wavered. She was like the Energizer Bunny patrolling the sidelines until her final game ended.