Men's Basketball Hires Denny Hinson
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla., - Denny Hinson has been hired as an assistant men’s basketball coach Dave Balza announced today. This marks the second tenure for Hinson as an Eagle.

Hinson was a member of the first staff at FGCU and helped guide the Eagles to a 23-9 season. Hinson then left the Eagles for James Madison and spent two seasons at Bethune-Cookman before accepting an assistant coaching position at San Francisco.

"I am excited to welcome Denny back to FGCU,” stated Balza. “He was a great fit for our program and the experience he gained over the last four years at various Division I programs will help our recruiting effort.”

While at USF, Hinson helped develop four players who received All-Conference (West Coast Conference) honors including first team member Alan Wiggins.

Prior to his year at USF, Hinson served as assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman for two seasons. Hinson spent one season at James Madison and established himself as an elite recruiter, assisting in the recruitment of one of the best teams for the Dukes in the past decade. In 1997, Hinson began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, DeLand High School, where as a player he scored over 1,000 points in his career. He received his first head coaching position at Satellite Beach High School in 2000.

Hinson began his collegiate basketball career at the University of Central Florida. He transferred to Okaloosa-Walton Community College and finished his education at Indiana State in 1995. As a senior guard for the Sycamores, Hinson earned the "Larry Bird MVP Award" for leading the team in both scoring and rebounding. Hinson earned his Masters of Science Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

He and wife, Shandris, have two sons, 10-year-old Evan and seven-year old Blake.