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 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.

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Charlie Foster

Charlie Foster begins his second season as a graduate assistant for the Delta State University women's soccer program.


In 2019, Foster helped the program to achieve several records, including the most ever conference wins, which enabled them to reach the conference tournament for the first time in program history. He assisted with the development of goalkeeper, Amanda Hilliard, who broke the school record with seven shutouts.


Before Delta State University, Foster worked at now Major League Soccer Development Academy, St Louis FC as an assistant coach with age groups U15-U19 while working primarily with the U17 team. Throughout his time at STLFC Academy, he worked with many US National Youth Team players. Foster was fortunate to get the opportunity to work with Feyenoord, a professional youth team in Holland. STLFC took two teams across to compete and to work with Feyenoord's coaching staff that helped him learn Feyenoord's methodology and lead sessions of his own.


Over the summer, Foster was the head coach of Rochester United FC in the WPSL – the second division within the US and will be leading the team in his inaugural season in the summer of 2020. Charlie currently has multiple USSF, NSCAA, and FA licenses. Foster has a USSF National 'C' License and will look to complete his National 'B' License in 2020.


Foster earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Jamestown in Health and Fitness Administration, coupled with minors in Coaching and Business. He is currently completing his Masters in Sports and Human Performance.


Foster played four years at the University of Jamestown, captaining the team as a senior. Throughout his collegiate career, Foster also competed in both the PDL and the NPSL.


Foster hails from London England and came to America in 2014.

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Nick Croucher

Nick Croucher is in his second season as a graduate assistant coach on the Delta State University Women's Soccer staff with the responsibilities of team logistics, while assisting Coach Mark Hill with the goalkeepers.


In 2019, the Lady Statesmen finished 6-7-4 overal while earning the program's first ever Gulf South Conference tournament berth with a 6-5-1 league mark.


Croucher played started his collegiate experience at Tennessee Wesleyan University, where four-year starter and three-year team captain. In his four year career, Croucher was selected the AAC Team of the Year Player along with several Defensive Player of the Week awards.


Croucher's coaching career consists of goalkeeper coach for McMinn County High School Men's and Women's Soccer prior to arriving at Delta State.

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