Coach Z
Head Coach/Founder Zena Heckstall


Zena Heckstall begins her 13th season as head coach/founder of the Louisville Sting organization.


Heckstall began her coaching career in August 1992 at Valencia Community College where she served as an assistant for 2 years under Coach Cox.


Heckstall brought her coaching talent back to the city of her alma mater, University of Louisville, Louisville KY where she began coaching at Fern Creek High School. A year later, she moved over to Moore High School as an assistant under David Meadows.


Wanting an opportunity to coach her own team, she decided to take over temporarily for an AAU 13 under girl’s basketball team during the summer of 2000. There she began to see what she could offer young ladies trying to become the best player and best person they could be. Heckstall decided to start her own team and organization, the Louisville Sting.


Known by many as a motivator and teacher, Heckstall was able to take a group of young ladies in their 1st season with the Sting organization to a National Championship.


Heckstall played point guard for the University of Louisville Lady Cardinals from 1983-1988 where she led the Metro Conference in rebounding as a guard with an average of 4.4 per contest.


Touted as the quickest guard in the conference by some, she used her speed and quickness on defense averaging 2.4 steals during her senior year and finished her career in the top 10 with a 1.64 average per contest.


Her career highs were 19 points vs. Dayton Flyers, 11 rebounds vs. Vanderbilt Commodores and 12 assists vs. Cincinnati Lady Bearcats.


Heckstall, an Elizabeth, NJ native, received her bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from the University of Louisville in 1988 and her master’s degree in Marketing with a specialization in Human Resource Management from the University of Phoenix in 2009.