Peter Badovinac (Class of 2008) joins Terry Heffernan (Class of 1999) in the NFL coaching fraternity after the Arizona Cardinals announced his hiring Wednesday as an assistant coach for wide receivers. Heffernan is an assistant offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills, according to a Jan. 28 press release from the organization.
This is Heffernan’s second stint in the NFL. Previously, he was an assistant coach with the Detroit Lions from 2013-2015. For the past three seasons, Heffernan coached at Eastern Kentucky University, where he served as an associate head coach and offensive line coach the last two years. He also made stops at Michigan, Louisville and Wayne State.
Badovinac never has coached in the NFL. He will work under Kliff Kingsbury, another NFL coaching rookie and former head coach at Texas Tech.
Last season, Badovinac was a graduate assistant at Ohio State. The Buckeyes captured the Big Ten title and beat Washington in the Rose Bowl. Before that, he coached at Missouri and Missouri State.
A star quarterback at Loyola, where he started for three seasons and was named the Catholic Blue’s offensive player of the year as a senior, Badovinac went on to play at Drake for one season before finishing his college career at Michigan State.
Heffernan played four seasons at Dayton, where he contributed to the Flyers winning four Pioneer Football League titles.
Another Loyola graduate played in the NFL this past season. An undrafted free agent out of Holy Cross, Jimmy Murray (Class of 2013) was an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, who advanced to the AFC championship game, losing to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.