Terry Heffernan (HEF-er-NAN) joined the Cavalier coaching staff in January of 2023 as the offensive line coach. Prior to coming to Virginia, he spent two seasons (2021-22) as the offensive line coach at Stanford for head coach David Shaw.
Before coaching on The Farm, Heffernan spent two years with the Buffalo Bills, helping them to the AFC Championship Game during the 2020 season. In total, he has five years of NFL coaching experience, having spent three seasons (2013-15) with the Detroit Lions.
Heffernan also brings 14 years of collegiate coaching experience to UVA. In addition to his time at Stanford, he served as Eastern Kentucky’s assistant head coach and offensive line coach in 2016-17, before a promotion to associate head coach and offensive line coach in 2018.
Prior to his time with the NFL’s Lions, Heffernan spent six seasons at Wayne State. The first five he was the offensive line coach before moving to offensive coordinator in 2012.
Before his time at Wayne State, he served as a graduate assistant coach at both Louisville (2004-05) and Michigan (2005-07).
Heffernan graduated from Dayton with a degree in communications in 2003 and was a four-year football student-athlete.
He and his wife, Jamie, have two sons, Connor and Casey, and a daughter named Regan.