Vols Ink Hinshaw for Assistant Coaching Staff

Jan. 22, 2010

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley announced Friday the hiring of Darin Hinshaw to his 2010 coaching staff.

Hinshaw, 37, was a record-setting quarterback during his collegiate playing days and spent the last three seasons as wide receivers coach at Memphis on the staff of Tommy West. His two star pupils -- Duke Calhoun and Carlos Singleton -- ended their Memphis careers in 2009 as the top two wideouts in school history.

Calhoun finished with school records of 212 receptions and 2,981 yards, while adding 19 TDs to tie for second all-time in Tigers history in that category. Singleton's 22 career touchdowns are a Memphis record and his 164 career receptions for 2,365 yards both are second on the U of M charts behind Calhoun.

Hinshaw joined the Memphis staff after serving one season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia Southern under former head coach Brian VanGorder. In 2006, Georgia Southern ranked 27th nationally in total offense, averaging 359.9 yards per game.

Prior to his brief Georgia Southern stint, 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, including four games of 35 points or more.

Hinshaw made his way to Middle Tennessee from Central Florida, his alma mater, after serving on Mike Kruczek's staff. A record-setting quarterback during his playing days for the Knights, Hinshaw spent the 1999 campaign as a graduate assistant before taking over the quarterback coaching duties in 2000.

The Punta Gorda, Fla., native set numerous school records for the Knights. He finished as the career leader in every major passing category, including yards (9,000) and touchdowns (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, one in the Eastern Football League, and wrapped up his playing days back in the Arena League playing for the Nashville Kats.

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.



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