Dec. 17, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Mark Hiemenz has been hired as an assistant coach for the University of Wyoming women's soccer team, head coach Pete Cuadrado announced Tuesday. He brings with him five years of NCAA Division 1 coaching and more than 10 years of overall coaching experience.
"I am excited to add a coach of Mark's caliber and experience to our staff," Cuadrado said. "He knows both the competitive and recruiting landscape in which we compete, and has been successful in his coaching and recruiting in our region."
Hiemenz joins Wyoming's soccer staff after most recently serving as the head women's soccer coach at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. Additionally, he was an assistant and goalkeeper's coach at Boise State University and the head women's soccer coach at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., as well as an assistant at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.
"Mark has been very successful the past two seasons leading his team to regular season and conference tournament championships, so we know Mark will bring a competitive edge," Cuadrado said. "Throughout his career he has either led or assisted his programs to numerous school records, which is a great testament to his high energy and enthusiasm for collegiate soccer."
At Hastings College, Hiemenz was named the 2012 Great Plains Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after winning the regular-season title with a 9-0-1 conference record and advancing to the NAIA National Tournament. Hiemenz went 28-12-2 in two seasons at Hastings College. He spent five seasons at Boise State, assisting in day-to-day operations as well as being the goalkeeper coach and recruiting coordinator. Boise State advanced to the WAC tournament semifinals or better each year Hiemenz was a part of the program. At Carroll, he led the Fighting Saints to the school's first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament, the highest ranking in team history and an overall record of 56-30-7. At Gustavus Adolphus College, Hiemenz worked with goalkeepers from both men's and women's teams. He organized a goalkeeper training program, coached one All-American and helped the team advance to the Division III Sweet Sixteen in 2000.
In 1997, Hiemenz earned his bachelor's degree in communications from DePauw University 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.