Track and Field, 1973-78
Hinsdale, a former decathlete and assistant coach at Ferris, reached stardom as men's track coach at Georgia Tech. Now in his 24th year as a Yellowjacket, he has coached four Olympic gold medallists, three World Champions, seven USA Track and Field Champions, four Goodwill Games medallists, 13 NCAA Champions, 65 All-Americans, 69 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Champions and 114 All-ACC honorees. He received the 2000 USATF Outstanding Coach Award in honor of his coaching of 2000 Olympic goal medalist Angelo Taylor and was 2002 ACC Coach of the Year.
The Sand Creek native lettered four years in track at Ferris and was the conference discus champ and team MVP. He won the Coaches Award for excellence twice, was elected team captain three straight seasons and earned four letters. After graduating, he was an assistant coach for three years under Ray Helsing. He left FSU in 1978 for Eastern Kentucky University where he was an assistant for two years. Hinsdale has led Tech to a pair of top five and four top 10 finishes in NCAA title meets. After coaching field events for 14 years, he was promoted to assistant head coach in 1992 and became Tech head coach the next year. Hinsdale resides in Duluth with his wife, Laura, and three children.