Delta State University

Delta State University Athletics
Chadwick-Dickson Ath Fld Hs DSU Box A3 Cleveland, MS 38733
Division 2 Mississippi Southeast
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Mark Hiller

Mark Hiller completed his second 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, and has subsequently taken the program to heights it has not seen before. In just two seasons, Hiller has accrued a 15-8-5 record.

Delta State turned in its most successful season in program history in 2021, posting an 8-7-3 overall record, including an 8-3-2 mark in Gulf South Conference play. The Lady Statesmen also hosted a home GSC playoff game at Delta Field, the first in school history, as the tournament's No. 3 seed in 2021.

The Lady Statesmen also saw three players earn Second Team All-GSC honors, the first such recognitions for the program since the 2013 season. Midfielder Rainey Niles, defender Jennifer Lopez, and defender Nicola Hauk tallied the first All-GSC honors in their respective careers.

The Lady Statesmen also had two separate three game winning streaks in GSC play in 2021 for the first time in school history.

Hiller's first season with the Lady Statesmen in 2020, a season that saw the GSC play a shortened schedule and a Spring Championship Series tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marked the second time the program made the GSC postseason.

After making the GSC tournament as the No. 8 seed in 2019 for the first time in program history under then coach Luke Sheekey, Hiller's squad posted a 8-1-2 overall record and a 3-1-1 mark in league play and beat the University of Montevallo 1-0 to earn a matchup with the postseason top seed Lee (Tenn.) University.

The Lady Statesmen played the Lady Flames to a 0-0 tie in double overtime, and fell on penalty kicks in the Spring Championship Series semifinal. Forward Diana Okechukwu and defender Anna Whitehead were named to the GSC All-Tournament team for their postseason efforts.

Delta State was also ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll in 2020-2021, achieving a ranking of No. 19 in the country. Hiller and his staff were also recognized as the United Soccer Coaches' South Regional Coaching Staff of the Year in 2020-2021. The squad also opened the 2021-2022 season ranked No. 19 in the preseason poll.

Hiller came 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 administrative work. He was also at the forefront of implementing the use of heart rate monitors and GPS tracking systems 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 helped lead 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.

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