Heather Van Norman: The Mother of Odell Beckham Jr.

Who is Heather Van Norman?

Heather Van Norman is famously known as the mother of Odell Beckham Jr. She is the ex-wife of Odell Beckham Sr and currently married to Derek Mills.

Moreover, Heather Van Norman is a retired track runner who began her career as an athlete at Louisiana State University from 1991 to 1993. Later she became the head coach of the Tulane University of track team.

Heather Van Norman Biography
Heather Van Norman Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameHeather Van Norman
BirthdayApril 22, 1970
Age53 years old
Sun signTaurus
BirthplaceWindom, Minnesota, USA
EducationNew Orleans high school
ParentsDon Van Norman (Father)
Millie Van Norman (Mother)
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseOdell Beckham Sr (Ex-husband)
Derek Mills (Husband)
ChildrenOdell Beckham Jr. (Son)
Jasmine Mills (Daughter)
Eye colorDark brown
Hair ColorBlonde
Height5 ft. 6 inch
ProfessionAthlete, Coach
Active Year1991-2017
Net WorthUSD 1 million
Social mediaInstagram

Heather Van Norman Birthday

Heather was born in Windom, Minnesota, on April 22, 1970. As of 2023, she is 53 years old. Her sun sign is Taurus.

Heather Van Norman Height

Heather’s height is 5ft. and 6 inches. She has got blonde hair color with dark brown eyes. The shape of her face is oval, with sharp cheekbones and jawlines.

Odell Beckham Jr mother
Odell Beckham Jr mother, Heather Van Norman


Heather’s mother’s name is Millie Van Norman, and her father’s name is Don Van Norman. She has 4 siblings, Pat Woods, Alan, Mark, and Larry are her siblings.

Her nationality is American, and she belongs to a mixed ethnic group. Although she is of mixed ethnicity, her identity is white American.

Heather Van Norman Education

Norman was born and raised in Minnesota. Her high school was also in Minnesota. When she was a student at Minnesota High School, she described herself as the best tracker in the school’s history.

Heather Van Norman as a runner
Heather Van Norman as a track runner

Further, she joined a team called Tigers in New Orleans. She won a few NCAA titles for Team Tiger. After that, she changed mind about pursuing her graduate degree while working as a track lead trainer and enrolled at Louisiana State University instead.


Heather Van Norman Track Runner

Norman started her career as a runner of track events at LSU from 1991 to 1993. She has won two NCAA indoor titles and three back-to-back NCAA outdoor titles during the year.

Further, in 1993, she won six All-American and three NCAA titles, then left LSU.

Heather Van Norman Coach

After participating in track runner events in college, she chose a coaching career and became a coach at Rice University for two years. After that, she became an assistant coach at Georgia Tech in Atlanta for a long time.

Coach Heather Van Norman
Coach Heather Van Norman

After so much struggle and nearly 30 years of experience, in 2002, Norman became head coach at Tulane University. She piloted the school’s affairs throughout his tenure as coach. Under her coaching guardianship, many athletes rose.

Because of her hard work and struggle, she is appointed head coach of the Nicholls State University team. She said,

“I am so honored to be a member of the Nicholls family, and I thank Rob and Dr. Boudreaux for the opportunity to work at such an amazing university. I hope to continue the success the track and field and cross country programs have had and continue to build on it to become one of the best in the Southland Conference.”

Heather Van Norman Dating History

Odell Beckham Sr. (Ex-Husband)

In 1992, while Norman was in LSU, she met Odell Beckham Sr for the first time. He had played as a running back in LSU games. They fell in love and started dating. Odell currently does not have a team and works as a free agent.

Odell Beckham Jr with his mother and sister
Odell Beckham Jr with his mother and sister

During her training for the Olympic trials, she learned that she was pregnant and gave birth to a baby son. But sadly, they decided to get separated after being in a relationship for an extended period.

Derek Mills (Husband)

After breaking up with Odell, Heather tied the knot with Derek Mills, an American Sprinter. He had won three gold medals in International competitions, including the Olympics. Heather has a daughter with Derek Mills, Jasmine Mills.

Derek Mills gave great love and support to his stepson Odell Beckham Jr. as his biological son. Beckham was just five years when Derek and Heather Van married.

About Odell Beckham Jr. (Son)

Odell Beckham Jr. was born on November 5, 1992, to Odell Beckham Sr and Heather Van Norman. He is a well-known American football player who plays for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League.

Odell Beckham Jr
Odell Beckham Jr

Norman ran on a track until she was pregnant for six months. During her pregnancy, She said,

“I thought to myself, ‘What am I going to do?’ But it was a God-given blessing that changed my life. It completely changed my life. I’d had enough of barely scraping by. Then, all of a sudden, my baby sparked a fire of determination in me.”

Odell Beckham Jr. is married to Lauren Wood. Heather acclaims to be the number 1 fan of her son. He once surprised Heather in 2019 during the Super Bowl event in Atlanta and gifted her a car.


Her son Odell Beckham Jr and his partner Lauren wood gave birth to her grandson on February 17, 2022. The child’s name is Zydn. She enjoys spending time with her grandson very, very much. 

Heather Van Norman with her grandson, Zydn Beckham
Heather Van Norman with her grandson, Zydn Beckham

Heather Van Norman Net Worth

As of 2023, Heather Van Norman’s net worth is still under. However, it is estimated that her net worth is about USD 1 million because an average football coach earns between USD 54000- 67000, and she was a head coach.

On the other hand, her son, Odell Beckham Jr., has a net worth of USD 40 million as of 2023. So altogether, she is living a rich life.

Heather Van Norman Instagram

Van Norman is very active on social media, mainly on Instagram. Heather joined Instagram on August 28, 2018, to congratulate her son on the accomplishment he had gained.

Heather Van Norman Now
Heather Van Norman Now

Her Instagram handles name is heathervannorman, and she has 110k followers now. Her Instagram posts are full of pictures of her family, friends, and herself.


How old is Heather van Norman?

Born on April 22, 1970, Heather Van Norman is 53 years old.

Where is Heather Van Norman from?

Heather is from Windom, Minnesota, United States of America.

Who is Heather Van Norman married to?

Heather is married to Olympics gold medalist Derek Mills.

Was Heather a Track Runner?

Yes, she was a good track runner in high school and college. She had won many titles as a track runner.

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