A Queens, New York, native and graduate of Chaminade — a Catholic high school on Long Island — and Holy Cross, Assistant Principal Charlie Heintz is an invaluable member of Loyola’s administration and part of Principal Kathryn Baal’s leadership team. Hired by Loyola in 1998, his primary responsibilities are to oversee student activities and the Dean’s office. Although he’s busy with his day job, Heintz finds time to supervise the school’s student-run sports broadcasting crew.
MAROON & GOLD: Loyola live-broadcasts most football games and some basketball games. I know fans love it, especially those who live out of town. What is your role?
CHARLIE HEINTZ: I’m there for support. During games, I watch on an iPad to make sure the sound and picture look good. But it’s the students who do most of the work. I told them I will give my time, but I wanted to make sure they knew they were in charge. We are lucky to have kids who are talented and motivated. I see it as an extension of the classroom.
M&G: Do you have any technology background?
CH: I know a little bit. But that was part of the deal, too. I told them we would provide training to those students who wanted to learn how to do it, and they’ve really responded. They love it and have a passion for it, and they are providing the Loyola community a great service. I’ve heard people tell me their grandparents who live in Ohio or some other state love watching the games. We’ve had viewers from as far away as Hawaii.
M&G: Seniors Luke Phillips and Andy Paden — both of whom play sports at Loyola — are the heartbeat of the broadcast team. Who are some of the other students that are involved in the production?
CH: We have eight students right now. Andy and Luke are the voices, and they have great chemistry. Seniors Peter Tilmont and Peter Schlax, juniors George Kasten and TJ Lindstrom, sophomore Matthew Buenzow and freshman Tyler Langford all contribute in one way or another.
M&G: LA Way is a student-led leadership initiative you helped create, cultivate and operate, along with Athletic Director Pat Mahoney. Tell me more about it.
CH: It was a long process looking at different models. Pat and I ultimately formulated a program around four pillars: self-awareness, love, ingenuity and heroism. We wanted to bundle those things into a streamline package to guide the attitudes and behaviors of our students. We are happy with the structure, and we have seen and can see a lot of benefits. I feel lucky that Loyola has entrusted us with important visionary things like this.
M&G: You told me your father was a New York City police officer who never seemed to come home from work happy. How did that affect you?
CH: I have a job, but I don’t go to work. My dad didn’t demonstrate any joy in his job. I’m lucky that way.
M&G: Why is that?
CH: I feel valued at Loyola. I show up and give all of my efforts, and I feel validated. A lot of people in my family are educators, and I get the sense they all don’t feel that way.
M&G: Your daughter, Maggie Heintz, is a freshman at Loyola and swam on the varsity team. How was that experience for you?
CH: It was great. The kids were so kind to her. As a parent, you hope to see your daughter be mentored by seniors, especially the ones we had on this team. [Senior] Cassidy Coughlin often drove Maggie to practice and looked out for her and made her feel like she belonged. That’s so important. Loyola is a special place with great people up and down the starting lineup from the students to the parents to the teachers to the coaches to the administration. People here go the extra mile.