Daniel McKinney is in his first season as an assistant coach at SMSU in 2018.
McKinney comes to SMSU after spending the past three seasons as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Garden City Community College (Kan.).
McKinney had an outstanding collegiate career, spending two seasons at City College of San Francisco, where he was named an All-American and helped lead the team to the 2011 junior college national championship. He then transferred to Florida Atlantic University where he played two seasons and led the team in receptions (49) and yards (615) during the 2013 season. He was twice named honorable mention all-conference.
Following his collegiate career, McKinney signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014 with the Washington Redskins.
McKinney earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from FAU in 2014 and is pursuing his master’s degree at SMSU.
Bryan Hiller begins his first season as offensive line coach for the Mustang program in 2018.
Hiller comes to SMSU after spending the previous six seasons as offensive line coach, which also included three as offensive coordinator, at Missouri Valley College.
During Hiller's tenure at Missouri Valley, the Vikings appeared four times in the NAIA playoffs and were consistently ranked in the NAIA Top 25. He coached numerous all-conference honorees during his time as offensive coordinator, including a 2015 NAIA second team All-American offensive lineman.
Prior to Missouri Valley, Hiller spent five seasons (2007-11) as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Culver-Stockton College, where he recruited 12 all-conference players and coached six all-conference lineman.
Hiller began his collegiate coaching career at the University of Minnesota in 1996 serving as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons. In 1998, he was hired at Winona State University as the offensive line coach and spent nine seasons (1998-2006) with the Warriors in various roles, including recruiting coordinator and assistant offensive coordinator. While at WSU, he was a member of six NSIC championship and four NCAA playoff teams and coached 20 all-conference lineman, including seven All-Americans while with WSU.
Hiller is a 1996 graduate of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He also earned a master's degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 1998.
Bryan and his wife, Jennifer, have one son, Brock.
Austin Hilgert is in his first season as tight ends coach for the SMSU program in 2018.
Hilgert joins the coaching staff following an outstanding four-year career in a Mustang uniform. A three-time Academic All-NSIC honoree, Hilgert was a four-year starter and was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year following the 2017 season. A 2017 team captain, he was named second team All-NSIC South in 2017 and was an honorable mention All-NSIC South honoree in 2015.
Hilgert earned his degree in business management from SMSU in 2018. He is pursuing his master’s degree at SMSU.