Darin Hinshaw's impact was immediate as Tennessee's first-year quarterbacks coach. The former signalcaller helped two UT quarterbacks - both making their debuts in Knoxville - lead the Vols offense to a bowl game and a third-place finish in the SEC's Eastern Division.
Hinshaw's quarterback duo of Matt Simms and Tyler Bray combined for 3,309 yards passing and 26 touchdowns in 2010. The true freshman Bray assumed the starter's role in November and guided the team to a 4-0 finish to claim bowl eligibility. During those four starts, Bray threw for 1,234 yards and 12 TDs against just four interceptions, earning SEC Freshman of the Week three times.
A Punta Gorda, Fla., native, Hinshaw was a record-setting quarterback himself during his collegiate playing days and spent the last three seasons as wide receivers coach at Memphis on the staff of former Vol footballer Tommy West.
Hinshaw, 38, joined the Memphis staff after serving one season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia Southern. In 2006, Georgia Southern ranked 27th nationally in total offense, averaging 359.9 yards per game.
Prior to that, Hinshaw worked at Middle Tennessee for five seasons. He was the running backs coach his first two seasons before being elevated to co-offensive coordinator in February 2003.
Under Hinshaw's guidance, the MTSU offense consistently led the Sun Belt Conference and was among the nation's statistical leaders. A highlight was in 2003, when the Blue Raiders offense was the highest scoring unit in the league at 27.7 points a contest. Hinshaw made his way to Middle Tennessee from Central Florida, his alma mater. Hinshaw spent 1999 as a graduate assistant before taking over the quarterback coaching duties in 2000.
Hinshaw set numerous school records for the Knights, finishing as career leader in every major passing category, including yards (9,000) and TDs (82). During his time under center, UCF had a combined 28-16 record, including a 9-3 mark in 1993 that resulted in a berth in the Division I-AA playoffs. Hinshaw was named in 2004 to UCF's 25th Anniversary Team.
Following his playing days at UCF, Hinshaw began a career in pro football. After a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns, he spent two years with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League.
A 1993 University of Central Florida graduate, Hinshaw earned his master's in business administration from UCF in 1996.
Hinshaw and his wife, Pam, have four children: daughters Sydney, Hayley and Carley; and son Darin Jr.