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Coaching Staff

Laura Heberling
Assistant Coach

Laura Heberling is in her first season with Utah State. In her position, Heberling oversees the Utah State pitchers and catchers.

She comes to Utah State from the University of South Carolina Beaufort, where she spent five seasons as the head coach. Prior to that, she was an assistant coach for the Sand Sharks for three seasons. In her time as head coach, Heberling posted a record of 177-92. She was named the Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2015 and led the team to Sun Conference Tournament championships in 2013 and 2015. In her time at USCB, she coached multiple players to NAIA All-American honors, while 30 earned all-Sun Conference accolades.

Heberling also had coaching stops as an assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan and a graduate assistant at Williams Woods. As a player, she started her career at Young Harris College, followed by one year at Virginia Intermont College before playing her final season under Johnson at UNC Pembroke. Heberling holds a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from UNC Pembroke and a master's in athletics/activities administration from William Woods. She and her husband, Ed, have a son, Hollis.

Jo Koons
Assistant Coach

Jo Koons is in her first season as an assistant coach at Utah State after joining the staff in July, 2018. In her position, Koons will oversee the Aggie outfield and assist with hitting coaching.

Koons returns to her alma mater to oversee the Aggie outfield. She spent the 2018 season as the head coach at Lassen College. While there, she helped the Cougars to a 19-18 record, while the team lead the Golden Valley Conference in stolen bases and triples. Koons made her full-time coaching debut at Colorado Christian for the 2017 season, where she worked with the outfield and the slappers. In 2016, Koons was a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford, where she worked with the outfielders and hitters, while serving as the travel coordinator and camp director.

Koons was a versatile player for the Aggies, as she made at least one start in every position on the field, but played primarily at shortstop her junior and senior seasons. She still ranks on the USU career triples list, while holding a spot on three single-season record lists. She graduated from Utah State in 2015, with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and holds a master's degree in organizational leadership from Colorado Christian.