BOISE, Idaho (5/14/2007) Boise State’s Steve Lucas, head soccer coach, announced today the addition of Mark Hiemenz to his staff as an assistant coach. Hiemenz comes to the Bronco program following five years as the head coach at Carroll College in Montana. Hiemenz replaces former assistant coach Michele Zentz, who left the program earlier this year to spend more time with her family.
“Im happy that Mark has joined our staff, he is a quality individual and coach,” commented Lucas. “He has a solid back ground in every aspect of the game from match preparation to recruiting. With Mark’s experience, he will be able to step in and help our program continue to grow in the right direction.”
Hiemenz brings a strong collegiate coaching background with him to Boise State. He has coached in the college ranks for eight years with the last five being the head coach at Carroll. While at the Helena, Montana school, Hiemenz revitalized the program and guided the Saints through a dramatic improvement from a 4-7-4 record in 2002, to a 14-4-1 record in 2005, and finally to a 13-6-1 record and the school’s first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament this past fall (2006). The Fighting Saints finished the last three years ranked among the NAIA’s top 25 going 14-7-0 in 2004 to finish 25th nationally. In 2005 they earned a No. 19 final ranking, and this past fall they were ranked as high as ninth before finishing 12th in the final poll, their best postseason ranking all-time.
Hiemenz’s overall record at Carroll was 56-30-7. In addition, he has coached 19 academic All-Americans, 15 NAIA all-region selections and nine honorable mention All-Americans. The team also won an NSCAA Team Academic Award four years in a row by maintaining over a 3.0 team GPA.
Hiemenz grew up playing premier soccer in Ind. and Mich. He went on to play college soccer at DePauw University from 1993-97, where he was a four-year starter for the nationally ranked NCAA DIII school and participated in two NCAA Tournaments. In addition, Hiemenz played in the Professional Development League for the Mid-Michigan Bucks.
After graduating from DePauw, he became an assistant coach at his alma mater for one year. He then spent two years at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minn., where he was an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach. During his two years at Gustavus, the team advanced to the NCAA DIII Tournament and “Sweet Sixteen”, finished ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA poll, and completed the 2000 season 17-2-1. While at DePauw and Gustavus, Hiemenz coached eight all-region players (including three goalkeepers) and one All-American. Before taking the position at Carroll College, Hiemenz was a head coach for the nationally recognized soccer club, Real Colorado.
Hiemenz currently holds an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He is a 1997 graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in English. Hiemenz was recently married in April to the former Katie Lang. Mark and Katie, will be moving to Boise this summer.