Julie Heisey had a 271-105 record with the Falcons and a 167-67 mark in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Her teams won league titles in 2007, 2008, 2010, and shared the title in 2009.

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Seattle Pacific women’s basketball coach Julie Heisey has resigned after leading the Falcons the past 13 seasons, which included eight appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament.

Heisey was coming off a 23-8 season, her most victories in a single season.

“The biggest thing is, life is short,” Heisey said. “Coaching is really demanding, and it’s understanding that there is only so much time. When you look at the calendar from October through March, you don’t get two days off in a row. My parents are in their 90s, and my husband’s parents are in their 80s. It’s just knowing that I don’t want to sell my players short, and I don’t want to have any regrets with family.”

Heisey had a 271-105 record with the Falcons and a 167-67 mark in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Her teams won league titles in 2007, 2008, 2010, and shared the title in 2009. The 2010 team made the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II tournament while three others made it to the final 16 of the tournament.

“We are extremely grateful for the impact that coach Heisey has had on this program for the last 13 years,” SPU athletic director Jackson Stava said. “While we are greatly saddened by Julie moving on from SPU, we are also very supportive of her decision as it is yet another reflection of the character that has defined Julie’s tenure as coach.”

Heisey plans to remain in the Seattle area. The process of searching for a new coach will begin immediately.

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