Mark Hiller enters his first season at the helm of the Delta State University Women's Soccer program. The St. Albans, England native was introduced as the program's fourth head coach by DSU Athletic Director Mike Kinnison on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, assuming the duties following the departure of former coach Luke Sheekey.
Hiller comes to Delta State from the Cajun Rush Soccer Club in Lafayette, La., where he served as the head coach of the men's semi-pro team and was also the College Advisory Program (CAP) Director.
In his time with the Rush, the team played in the U.S. Open Cup and were runners-up in the Gulf Coast Premier League twice. Off the field, Hiller assisted student-athletes with the collegiate search process and helped spearhead an effort that saw a record number of collegiate commitments by players in 2019.
Hiller also served as head coach of the St. Thomas More High School boy's soccer team in Lafayette, where he ran all facets of the program and led the team to a 39-7-3 record and appearances in the state championships in two seasons.
Hiller holds a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, has his National "B" license from the United States Soccer Federation (National "B), and also holds Level I, II, and III diplomas from the United Soccer Coaches in Goalkeeping.
holds a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, has his National "B" license from the United States Soccer Federation (National "B), and also holds Level I, II, and III diplomas from the United Soccer Coaches in Goalkeeping.
Before his time with the Rush, Hiller served as an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Hiller initially joined the Ragin' Cajun staff as a graduate assistant before being promoted to a full-time assistant coach. Hiller spent time coaching defensive schemes and led sessions, organized and headed up UL-Lafayette's camps, and assisted with all administrative work in the program. Hiller was also at the forefront of implementing the use of heart rate monitors and GPS tracking systems with student-athletes to track player performance data.
Prior to arriving in Lafayette, Hiller served as an assistant varsity coach at Pleasant Valley High School in Davenport, Iowa. He was also a BSA Soccer Club coach for the U16 Girls, U14 Boys, and U13 Girls in Bettendorf, Iowa.
On the pitch, Hiller enjoyed great success. Hiller starred at National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) institution North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) after coming to the United States from England and was tabbed Freshman Player of the Year in his debut season. He also earned First Team All-Conference nods in both his seasons with the Trojans.
Hiller moved from NIACC to NCAA Division I institution Oakland University before transferring to Ashford University (NAIA) in Clinton, Iowa. While there, Hiller led the Saints to an NAIA National Elite 8 and Final Four Appearance. He was a team captain for the squad and was also named to the All-Tournament team during both the conference and national tournaments.
Additionally, he has also played semi-professional soccer in various domestic leagues for both the West Texas Sockers in the PDL and the Quad City Eagles in the NPSL.
Hiller earned a bachelor's degree in Finance and Business Administration from Ashford University in 2014 and a Masters of Business Administration from UL-Lafayette in 2017.