Brett Hecko
Graduation Year: 1992
Induction Year: 2015
Sport (s): Men's Basketball
Brett Hecko earned four varsity letters in basketball while at DePauw and graduated as the program’s all-time rebounding leader with 893 and second in scoring with 1,675 points, and both rankings remain.
Hecko earned all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference honors each of his final three seasons, was a conference player of the week seven times and shared the league’s Player of the Year Award as a senior. The 1992 Basketball Gazette all-America selection still holds the ICAC/Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference record with 10.2 rebounds per conference game (1989-90).
Hecko shared the team rebounding lead as a freshman and led the team his final three years. He also led the Tigers in scoring his junior and senior seasons, in field goal percentage all four years, in steals once and in blocked shots three times. His seven steals in a game is still tied for the school record. During his career, Hecko posted 36 doubledoubles and played the entire game 13 times during his junior and senior seasons.
Hecko was part of teams that posted an 82-29 record, including NCAA postseason appearances in 1990, 1991 and 1992. The 1990 squad finished second in the nation after a one-point loss to Rochester in the NCAA Division III title game, and Hecko was named to the all-tournament team at the finals. He also was named to the NCAA Midwest-West Sectional All-Tournament Team the previous week.
After earning a B.A. degree in history, Hecko served as an assistant coach at DePauw before moving to Seattle. A teacher at Bishop Blanchet High School since 1995, Hecko serves as social studies chair and was the graduation speaker in 2011. In 2005 he was the Teacher Excellence Award recipient. Hecko has also served as assistant women’s basketball coach at Seattle Pacific University, assistant girls’ basketball coach at Bishop Blanchet and head boys’ basketball coach at Bishop Blanchet. After the 2004-05 season, Hecko was named the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Washington State High School Coach of the Year. Hecko and his wife, Kerrie (Weimar) ’92, are parents of Benjamin and Abigail.