June 23, 1999

Notre Dame sophomore righthander Aaron Heilman (Logansport, Ind.) has been named a third team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), furthering his stature as one of the most recognized baseball players in Notre Dame history.

Heilman, who currently is playing with the USA Baseball national team, earlier was named a 1999 third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball magazine (CB). He also received that honor in 1998-becoming the first freshman to earn All-America honors in Notre Dame baseball history-and this season joined Brant Ust as the second Irish sophomore ever named All-America (Ust was a third teamer in 1998, according to the ABCA and Baseball America (BA).

Heilman joins former Irish catcher Elmer Kohorst as the only Notre Dame baseball players ever to earn All-American honors in multiple seasons. Kohorst was an ABCA first-team All-American in 1956 and ’57.

Six Notre Dame players have received a combined 13 All-America honors from the ABCA, BA or CB. Heilman is one of two Irish baseball players who have been named to three All-America teams during their college career, joining outfielder Eric Danapilis in that distinction (Danapilis was a consensus first-teamer in 1993).

The other previous Notre Dame All-Americans include outfielders Dan Peltier (first team ABCA, BA in 1989) and Ryan Topham (ABCA third team in 1995).

Heilman’s memorable 1999 season included 118 strikeouts in 109 innings, besting the 41-year-old record set by Frank Carpin in 1958 (102). Heilman also posted an 11-2 record, becoming the sixth Irish pitcher and first since 1994 to win 11-plus games in a season. He allowed 89 total hits and a .217 opponent batting average, the sixth-lowest opponent batting average by an Irish pitcher since 1991. His other 1999 totals included three saves, six complete games and 37 walks.

Heilman’s 1999 season highlights included the final five innings of Notre Dame’s near-no-hitter versus No. 2- ranked Miami (a 1-0 Irish win) and a gutsy complete-game effort to beat Creighton in the NCAAs (five hits, seven Ks, 154 pitches). His 2.58 career ERA ranks fourth in Notre Dame history (second-best since 1961) and is the lowest ERA in the Irish record book by a pitcher with 150-plus innings. Heilman already ranks ninth in Notre Dame history with 196 strikeouts (in 176 innings) while his 109 innings in 1999 rank fifth on the Notre Dame single-season list.


  • The BIG EAST Conference placed eight players on the ABCA’s list of 58 All-Americans-more than any other conference in the nation (the Pacific-10 had seven, the Southeastern Conference five and the Big 12 five) S in addition to Heilman, the BIG EAST All-Americans include first teamer Keith Reed (OF, Jr., Providence), second teamers Mike Dzurilla (3B, Jr., St. John’s) and Pete Zoccolillo (OF, Sr., Rutgers) and third teamers Marc DesRoches (RHP, Sr., Providence), Sean McGowan (1B, Sr., Boston College), Darren Fenster (SS, Jr., Rutgers) and Mike Scott (OF, redshirt Fr., Providence) S five different teams from the BIG EAST, Big 12 and Pac-10 had players named ABCA All-Americans.
  • Heilman was one of 10 sophomores among the 58 ABCA All-Americans, which also included Arkansas freshman RHP Charlie Isaacson S the other sophomores included: first teamers Matt Diaz (OF, Florida State) and Daylan Holt (OF, Texas A&M), second teamer Nick Stocks (RHP, Florida State) and third teamers Jason Young (RHP, Stanford), Brian Gismonde (relief LHP, Monmouth), Mike Tonis (C, California), Taggert Bozied (1B, San Francisco), Xavier Nady (3B, California), Bill Scott (OF, UCLA) and Mike Scott (OF, Providence, redshirt freshman). Holt, Tonis Bozied, Nady and Bill Scott currently are teammates of Heilman’s on Team USA.



LHP           Todd Moser         Sr.   Florida Atlantic LHP           Mario Ramos        Jr.   Rice RHP           Ben Sheets         Jr.   Northeast Louisiana LHP           Barry Zito         Jr.   USC Relief RHP    Jake Gehrke        Jr.   Pepperdine Utility       Jason Jennings     Jr.   Baylor   ** player of the year ** C             Josh Bard          Jr.   Texas Tech 1B            Ken Harvey         Jr.   Nebraska 2B            Marshall McDougall Jr.   Florida State SS            Willie Bloomquist  Jr.   Arizona State 3B            Ryan Gripp         Sr.   Creighton DH            Macky Waguespack   Sr.   Southeast Louisiana OF            Matt Diaz          So.   Florida State OF            Daylan Holt        So.   Texas A&M OF            Spencer Oborn      Jr.   Cal State Fullerton OF            Keith Reed         Jr.   Providence 


LHP           Phil Devey         Jr.   Southwest Louisiana RHP           Justin Fry         Sr.   Ohio State RHP           Charlie Isaacson   Fr.   Arkansas RHP           Brent Schoening    Jr.   Auburn RHP           Nick Stocks        So.   Florida State Relief RHP    Marc Bluma         Sr.   Wichita State Relief RHP    Mike Neu           Jr.   Miami, Fla. Utility       Mike Dwyer         Sr.   Richmond C             Casey Dunn         Sr.   Auburn 1B            Ben Broussard      Sr.   McNeese State 1B            Robb Quinlan       Sr.   Minnesota 2B            Nate Rewers        Sr.   Richmond SS            Bobby Hill         Jr.   Miami, Fla. 3B            Mike Dzurilla      Jr.   St. John's DH            Jason Lane         Sr.   USC OF            Larry Bigbie       Jr.   Ball State OF            Matt Cepicky       Jr.   Southwest Missouri State OF            Lamont Matthews    Jr.   Oklahoma State OF            Steve Salargo      Sr.   East Carolina OF            Pete Zoccolillo    Sr.   Rutgers 


RHP           Marc DesRoches     Sr.   Providence RHP           Aaron Heilman      So.   Notre Dame LHP           Greg Montalbano    Jr.   Northeastern RHP           Travis Thompson    Sr.   East Carolina RHP           Jason Young        So.   Stanford Relief LHP    Brian Gismonde     So.   Monmouth Relief RHP    Alan Ochsner       Sr.   Southwestern Louisiana Utility       Rodney Hancock     Jr.   Citadel C             Barry Gauch        Sr.   Virginia Tech C             Mike Tonis         So.   California 1B            Taggert Bozied     So.   San Francisco 1B            Sean McGowan       Sr.   Boston College 2B            Jeremy Ridley      Jr.   Ball State SS            Darren Fenster     Jr.   Rutgers SS            Andy Phillips      Sr.   Alabama 3B            John Ballon        Jr.   New Orleans 3B            Xavier Nady        So.   California DH            Aron Amundson      Sr.   Minnesota OF            B.J. Barns         Jr.   Duquesne OF            G.W. Keller        Sr.   Alabama OF            Lyle Overbay       Jr.   Nevada OF            Bill Scott         So.   UCLA OF            Mike Scott         Fr.   Providence