Coaching Staff


Dan Heger
Head Men's Soccer Coach

Dan Heger came to Hardin-Simmons as a player for his senior season in 1979 when he was captain and led the team to a No. 3 ranking in the Midwest Region as a Division I team. He has remained associated with the program on some level since then, even sending players to Hardin-Simmons even when he was a coach at the high school level.

Heger is now in his 17th season as the Cowboys’ head coach and he is the school’s all-time wins leader with a record of 161-93-39. He has led the Cowboys to five American Southwest Conference titles (2005, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014). In 2009, he led the Cowboys to the Sweet 16, becoming the first ASC team to reach that level of the NCAA Tournament. He also coached the Cowboys to a league-record 22-game unbeaten streak in conference play and to 14 conference tournaments.

He and wife Cylinda, who is also a Hardin-Simmons graduate, have been married for 36 years. They have two children Harrison and Hannah. Harrison is married to Chelsy and they have two children, Harlow and Hutton. Hannah is married to Corbin Gardner and they are both HSU graduates. 

Heger is committed to the positive difference a Hardin-Simmons education can make in the life of a soccer player.


Matt Pitcock
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

Pitcock is in his second season as the full-time assistant coach for the Cowboy soccer program.

He has ramped up the recruiting efforts for the Cowboys and this fall the team has 45 players, including players from nine different countries.

He had served as a graduate assistant and student coach for the Cowboys after a successful career at HSU from 2010-2014. He is also a club coach for FC Dallas West Texas. 

Pitcock was a team captain for HSU and was an all-ASC and all-region player. He was also a two-time CoSIDA academic all-district selection, a three-time academic all-ASC selection and was a two-time American Southwest Conference Distinguished Scholar-Athlete for men’s soccer.

He played professionally in Switzerland in 2015 with FC Bern in Erste Liga and spent college summers training with BK Hacken of Sweden, FC Nordsjaelland of Denmark, Jammerbugt FC of Denmark, Odder IGF of Denmark, and FC Koniz of Switzerland.

A native of Plano, he played with Texas Football Club in USL Super-20 (Semi-Pro) Summer League 2011 and 2012 (National Semifinalists in Sarasota, Florida in 2011).