Darin Hinshaw
Darin Hinshaw

Position:
Wide Receivers

Birthdate:
06/06/1972

Alma Mater:
UCF, 1993


Darin Hinshaw enters his third season responsible for the Tiger receiving corps. A former UCF standout, Hinshaw was hired in March 2007.

Hinshaw had one of the most experienced and talented groups on the team last year, and two of his receivers, Duke Calhoun and Carlos Singleton, are on pace to end their careers in 2009 as the top two wideouts in school history.

Singleton led the 2008 Tigers with 791 yards and five touchdowns, while Calhoun totaled 487 yards and three touchdowns. Five receivers had 25 or more receptions and over 200 yards receiving last season, and the receiving corps was responsible for 19 total touchdowns.

In his first year with the Tigers, Hinshaw inherited a deep stable of receivers who showed great poise and maturity while leading the Tiger offense in 2007. Tiger receivers accounted for 27 of the team's 33 offensive touchdowns that season. In six of the last seven games of 2007, Memphis produced a 100-yard receiver and in two contests, had multiple 100-yard receivers. Calhoun was named to the C-USA Coaches and Media second team while Maurice Jones, Earnest Williams and Singleton received honorable mention accolades.

Calhoun led the Tigers in receiving with 890 yards and five touchdowns on 62 receptions while Singleton led the team in scoring with 11 touchdowns and three two-point conversions. In total, five wideouts logged 350 or more receiving yards, and this highly-talented group was key to Memphis ranking 13th nationally in passing offense and 23rd nationally in total offense.

Hinshaw joined the U of M staff after serving one season as the offensive coordinator/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 Georgia Southern stint, Hinshaw worked at Middle Tennessee State for five seasons. He was the running backs coach his first two seasons, and was elevated to co-offensive coordinator in February of 2003.

Under Hinshaw's guidance, the MTSU offense consistently led the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) and ranked nationally throughout the years. In 2001, the Blue Raiders had two of the top five rushers in the SBC, along with the top overall rushing attack. Record-breaker Dwone Hicks, who rushed for over 1,000 yards, finished the year as the nation's second-leading scorer. A year later, MTSU had the nation's No. 21 ranked rushing offense, a 1,000-yard rusher and two of the top eight ground gainers in the Sun Belt Conference.

In 2003, the Blue Raider offense went down as the highest scoring unit in the league at 27.7 points a contest, including four games of 35 points or more. The unit ranked 37th nationally in passing efficiency and had the fifth-ranked receiver in the country.

In 2004, MTSU led the Sun Belt and ranked 15th nationally in passing, while ranking 31st in the country in passing efficiency.

Hinshaw, 37, made his way to Middle Tennessee after serving on Mike Kruczek's staff at UCF from 1999 to 2000. A record-setting quarterback during his playing days for the Knights, Hinshaw spent the 1999 campaign as a graduate assistant with the responsibility of coaching tight ends and assisting the head coach with the quarterbacks.

In 2000, Hinshaw took over the quarterback coaching duties -- the first time someone other than Kruczek guided the quarterbacks since 1985. In that first season, Ryan Schneider threw for 2,334 yards and 21 touchdowns and completed 62 percent of his passes.

As a player, Hinshaw set numerous school records for the Knights, including the career passing mark with 9,000 yards. During his time under center, UCF had a combined 28-16 record, including a 9-3 mark and an appearance in the I-AA playoffs in 1993.

Following his playing days at UCF, Hinshaw began a career in professional football. After a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns, Hinshaw spent two years with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, helping the Preds to the Arena Bowl, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Storm in 1995.

In 1996, Hinshaw played quarterback and was the offensive coordinator for the Granite State Warriors of the Eastern Football League, which was made up of teams from New York and New England. Hinshaw inherited a team that went 2-8 in 1995 and led it to a 14-2 record and a trip to the national championship game.

Following a year in the EFL, Hinshaw went back to the Arena League to play for the Nashville Kats. After a short stay in Nashville, Hinshaw entered the college coaching ranks at UCF.

A 1993 graduate of UCF, Hinshaw was named in 2004 to UCF's 25th Anniversary Team. He earned his master's in business administration from UCF in 1996. He and his wife, Pam, have three daughters: Sydney, Hayley, and Carley; and a son, Darin Jr.

The Hinshaw File

Born

• June 6, 1972

• Punta Gorda, Fla.

Alma Mater

• UCF

•Bachelor's degree in finance, 1993

•Master's in business administration, 1996

Collegiate Playing Experience

1991-94: UCF (Quarterback)

Family

• Wife - Pam

• Children - Sydney, Hayley, Carley, Darin Jr.

Coaching Experience

2007-Present: University of Memphis

2006: Georgia Southern

2001-05: Middle Tennessee

1999-00: UCF

Recruiting Area

• South Alabama, north Florida, south Georgia

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