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.