March 28, 2012
By Tom Weber
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Director of Athletics Mario Moccia named Barry Hinson as the school's new men's basketball head coach during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Hinson succeeds Chris Lowery and becomes just the 13th head coach in the 99-year history of the program.
Hinson, 50, has served the last four years on Bill Self's staff at the University of Kansas. During his first two years at KU, he worked as the director of external relations. In May, 2010, he was promoted to director of operations. The Jayhawks have been one of the nation's premier programs during the last four years with a combined 106-20 record and a trip to the Final Four this weekend.
Prior to Kansas, Hinson was the head coach at Missouri State for nine seasons. While at Missouri State, he guided the Bears to a 169-117 record (.591) with postseason NIT teams in 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2007. His 2006 squad was left out of the NCAA Tournament with a 21 RPI. That club went on to win NIT games over Stanford and Houston.
"Barry Hinson comes from a great tradition, has an excellent record of graduating his student-athletes, winning games and is currently on staff with the University of Kansas, which will be playing in the Final Four this weekend," said Moccia. "We are so pleased to welcome him as our new head coach."
Hinson and the University agreed to a five-year contract that will pay him $250,000 annually during the first two years, $300,000 in year three, $325,000 in year four, and $350,000 in year five.
Although Southern Illinois dominated the Missouri Valley Conference by winning six-straight championships from 2002 to 2007, Hinson's Bears beat Southern 10 times -- more than any other conference school during his nine-year tenure. The Bears had three 20-win seasons under Hinson and advanced to the finals of the MVC Tournament three times.
"I'm genuinely excited to be the head coach at a university with a great tradition in college basketball, and even more excited to be part of a community which seems so much like the place where I was raised," said Hinson, a native of Marlow, Okla.
Hinson spent eight years as a high school coach in Oklahoma before landing a college job on Self's staff at Oral Roberts in 1993. Four years later, he took over for Self at ORU and produced records of 19-12 and 17-11 in two years as head coach and tied for two Mid-Continent Conference regular-season titles.
Hinson and his wife, Angie, have two daughters. Tiffany was married in 2004 to Niles Thomason and the couple lives in Colorado. Ashley is a 2006 graduate of Missouri State and lives in Springfield, Mo.
What they are saying about Barry Hinson
Bill Self, University of Kansas, Men's Basketball Head Coach
"I have never been around a more positive, energetic, unselfish person. He is loyal, ethical and can coach and recruit. He also is a GREAT...not good public speaker -- probably got that from his father, a Baptist minister. I love the guy. The community, administration, staff and players will also in Carbondale. Barry Hinson gets it and will be a great person to work with and build the Southern Illinois basketball program."
Doug Elgin, Missouri Valley Conference, Commissioner
"Barry Hinson is an exceptional basketball coach and teacher, and a proven program builder. He's been successful at every coaching stop in his career. Coach Hinson is a man of great integrity and high character, he has recruited exceptionally well, and he has a track record of graduating an extremely high percentage of his student-athletes. I compliment the Search Committee, athletics director Mario Moccia and Chancellor Rita Cheng for making a tremendous hire. I have absolutely no doubt that Barry Hinson will return the Saluki basketball program to prominence."