JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Willie Heidelberg, the first black scholarship football player at the University of Southern Mississippi, died Tuesday. He was 63.

Heidelberg has spent the past 15 seasons as an assistant coach at Belhaven.

Belhaven officials said Tuesday in a statement that Heidelberg was found dead at his home from an apparent heart attack. Funeral arrangements are pending. A list of survivors was not immediately available.

Heidelberg was a running back for Southern Miss in 1970-71 and scored two touchdowns in the Golden Eagles' upset of fourth-ranked Mississippi in 1970.

A Lumberton native, Heidelberg graduated from Jefferson High in Purvis, played at Pearl River Community College before transferring to Southern Miss.

Before arriving at Belhaven, Heidelberg served 25 years (1973-1998) as a coach and teacher at Murrah High School in Jackson.