SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Classics Elite Soccer Academy is thrilled to announce that Mark Hiemenz will be joining the coaching staff this fall. Mark is currently the assistant coach for the NCAA DI University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA) program. “Having someone of Mark’s quality is a massive hire for the club. The fact that Mark has experience in both the youth and collegiate game gives him a broad perspective that will really benefit our female players. He has worked with top youth and college athletes, so he knows how to prepare players for the next level.” states Aaron Metzger, Classics Elite Director of Coaching.
Mark will work in the girl’s ECNL program and be the head coach for the 06G ECNL team. Mark’s extensive soccer bio is listed below.
The 2018 season is Mark Hiemenz’s first as an assistant coach on Derek Pittman's staff at UTSA. Hiemenz assists in all aspects of the program and serves as the Roadrunners' recruiting coordinator.
Hiemenz spent the Feb. 2016 through Aug. 2017 as the director of coaching Colorado Rush Soccer Club. He oversaw the senior division of the club and directed the College Advisory Program.
Hiemenz spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Wyoming where he aided the Cowgirls to a combined 23-15-5 overall record, including a 14-7-1 mark in Mountain West play.
He went to Wyoming after two seasons as the head soccer coach at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. He compiled a 28-12-2 record during those two seasons. He coached two Great Plains Athletic Conference Players of the Year, 16 All-Conference selections and one honorable mention All-American. In 2012 Hiemenz was named the 2012 GPAC Coach of the Year after winning the regular-season title with a 9-0-1 record and advancing to the NAIA National Tournament.
Prior to Hastings College, Hiemenz was an assistant for women’s soccer at Boise State. He assisted in day-to-day activities including being the recruiting coordinator, goalkeeper coach, travel planning and game scheduling. Boise State advanced to the Western Athletic Conference tournament semifinals or better each year Hiemenz was a part of the program.
Before coaching at Boise State, he was the head women’s soccer coach at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Hiemenz recorded a 56-30-7 overall mark at Carroll and led the Fighting Saints to the school’s highest winning percentage and most wins in team history. He coached nine honorable mention All-Americans, 15 All-Region selections and 19 Academic All-Americans. Under Hiemenz, Carroll qualified for four consecutive regional tournaments (2003-06) and the school’s first NAIA National Tournament (2006). Carroll consistently finished ranked in the national polls while Hiemenz was coach. In 2004, the Saints completed the season ranked 25th nationally for the first ranking in team history. In 2005, Carroll finished 19th nationally and the highest ranking in team history with 12th in 2006.
After graduating from DePauw University and spending one season as an assistant with the Tigers, Hiemenz became an assistant coach for Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. While at Gustavus, he helped the team become Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions in 2000, a final NSCAA ranking of 10th and a Division III Tournament and Round of 16 appearance.
In 1997, Hiemenz earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from DePauw with a minor in English literature. While playing for the Tigers, he was a four-year starter and competed in two NCAA Division III soccer championship tournaments. He also played in the Professional Development League for the Mid-Michigan Bucks.
Hiemenz has an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and USSF National Goalkeeping License