Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Darin Hinshaw joins the University of Cincinnati staff in 2013 as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Hinshaw, a record-setting quarterback during his playing days at UCF, spent the previous three seasons at Tennessee, working with the quarterbacks from 2010-11 before moving over to the wide receivers and serving as the recruiting coordinator in 2012.
Tennessee finished the 2012 campaign with 5,711 yards, ranking second in school history behind only the 5,794 registered by the 1997 squad.
Cordarrelle Patterson, a First-Team All-SEC selection, set UT's single-season record with 1,858 all-purpose yards. Included in that total was 46 receptions for 778 yards and five TDs. Patterson's 16.9 yards per catch average led the Vols and was fourth in the Southeastern Conference.
Justin Hunter, who earned Second-Team All-SEC honors, grabbed 73 balls for 1,083 yards and nine TDs, the second-best single-season mark for receptions.
Hinshaw guided QB Tyler Bray to a record-setting start to the 2011 season as the signal caller set a school record for completion percentage in a game. He also started the year with the most passing yards in a three-game span in UT's storied history. Hinshaw was ranked as a Top-10 recruiter in 2011 by Rivals.com.
In 2010, Hinshaw's impact was immediate as Tennessee's 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 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.
Hinshaw, A Punta Gorda, Fla., native, was at Memphis from 2007-09 as the wide receivers coach. He joined the Tigers 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.
Hinshaw earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 1993 and a 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.