Amanda Heil is the ultimate product of Gwinnett County Public Schools. Raised in Suwanee, Heil graduated from North Gwinnett High School in 1997 after lettering four years in both softball and basketball for the Bulldogs, continuing on to play softball in college. But what to do after college days were over?
“I have had a love for sports since I was a small child, and when my playing days were over I found another passion in coaching,” said Heil. “I have wanted to teach and coach since I was a kid. When I was a teenager I started reading books on Pat Summit and John Wooden and was always so impressed with the impact they made on their players.”
“My high school basketball coach [Phil Hall, North Gwinnett] probably had the most impact on me as a player. I saw his passion for the game, his players, and his passion to win, and I wanted to do the same thing.”
Heil has coached middle school basketball within Gwinnett County Public Schools for ten years, serving as the Creekland Middle School basketball coach for the last seven. She has had exceptional success as a head coach, helping Sweetwater Middle School become the Gwinnett County Eastern Division Champions in 2004-05 with a perfect 13-0 record, as well as guiding Creekland Middle to an undefeated regular season in 2007-08 (Western Division Runner-Up), Western Division Champions and County Runner-Up in 2011-12, an undefeated regular season again in 2012-13, and Western Division Runner-Up again this year.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t love to win,” laughed Heil. “I have been very fortunate over my career to coach some very talented kids and we have had a lot of success. But more than winning I love the relationship that I build with my players.”
Heil now gets to enjoy Gwinnett County sports on yet another level: watching her sons, Cade (14) and Dane (4) play ball.
“I have so enjoyed watching this county grow since I was a kid,” said Heil. “When I graduated from North Gwinnett we were division AAA, and since then this county has exploded.”
“The talent, especially in girls’ basketball, has been incredible. Every year I talk to my students about Maya Moore and how she came through the Collins Hill cluster. It is an amazing county to work and coach in.”