Robert J. Hiegert serves his 15th year as Commissioner of the
California Collegiate Athletic Association, one of the most
successful conferences in NCAA history.
As Commissioner, Hiegert oversees all aspects of CCAA administration, including finances, scheduling, sponsorships, championships, officiating, promotion and publicity, legislation, compliance and enforcement, and member institution relations. He serves as Chief Financial Officer for conference operations, and has been instrumental in securing sponsorships for CCAA Championships, as well as coordinating youth clinics, educational seminars and conference meetings.
Under Hiegert’s watch, the CCAA has expanded from seven to 12 member institutions, implemented a full-time office staff, classified itself as a non-profit corporation, and developed a long-range Strategic Plan for future growth and development. Hiegert is also active nationally, currently serving as a ranking member of the the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, a group he chaired as President from 2004-06.
Hiegert succeeded Dr. Tom Morgan in 1997 and commissioned the CCAA on an interim basis during the 1997-98 academic year before being named permanent Commissioner on May 23, 1998.
His association with the CCAA began in 1959 at Cal State Northridge, then known as San Fernando Valley State College, where he was a four-year starter in baseball and was named the Matadors’ Athlete of the Year in 1963. A 1964 graduate of SFVSC with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, Hiegert completed his master’s degree in 1966.
Following a short stint with Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels, Hiegert returned to Northridge in 1965 and, in 18 seasons as the school’s baseball coach, led the Matador baseball program to a 609-411-9 record (.596), two NCAA Division II Championships (1970, 1984), five regional titles, 11 postseason berths and six CCAA crowns. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Cal State Northridge Hall of Fame in 1999.
Initially named Cal State Northridge Men’s Athletic Director in 1978, Hiegert held the post until assuming the Director of Athletics for both departments (men and women) from 1988-95 before serving as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the university from 1995-98.
Hiegert has served on numerous professional boards and committees for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the NCAA and the ABCA. Hiegert and his wife Jackie reside in Brentwood and are parents to daughter Lorie and son-in-law Mike, and grandparents to Monica (14), Sarah (11) and Alissa (8).