Barry Hinson

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Barry Hinson
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Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Southern Illinois
Biographical details
Born (1961-05-12) May 12, 1961 (age 53)
Marlow, Oklahoma
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1985
1985–1986
1986–1987
1987–1993
1993–1997
1997–1999
1999–2008
2008–2012
2012–present
Stillwater JHS
Stillwater HS (asst.)
Edmond Memorial HS (asst.)
Bishop Kelley HS
Oral Roberts (asst.)
Oral Roberts
Missouri State
Kansas (asst.)
Southern Illinois
Head coaching record
Overall 212–146 (.592)

Barry Hinson (born May 12, 1961 in Marlow, Oklahoma),[1] is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the Southern Illinois Salukis men's basketball team.[2] He was most recently the Director of Men's Basketball Operations at the University of Kansas. He also appeared weekly on the 1320 KLWN radio show Rock Chalk Sports Talk in which he participated in a segment called "Basketball & BBQ." On March 28, 2012, Hinson was announced the head coach of Southern Illinois University's men's basketball team.

Coaching career[edit]

1997–1999[edit]

Hinson led the Golden Eagles to win-loss records of 19-12 and 17-11 in his two seasons at ORU. His first year, which was also ORU's first season as part of the Mid-Continent Conference, Hinson's squad ended the season just one win shy of regular season champion Valparaiso. The same two schools tied for the conference's best record the following season, each logging a 10-4 mark. Hinson's young men fell to Valparaiso in the MCC tournament final.[1]

Shortly after the season, on April 21, 1999, Hinson accepted the head coaching job at Missouri State (known then as Southwest Missouri State, or SMS), becoming the Bears' 15th head coach.[1]

1999–00[edit]

Hinson inherited a Bears program that had been to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 the previous season and featured five seniors, out of seven returnees overall, who were part of that successful squadron. After an 11-4 start out of the gate, the Bears stumbled, losing five of their next six games. However, beginning midway through February 2000, Hinson's team won their final eight regular season contests and fell just short of forcing a tie for the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title. The Bears continued their hot streak, claiming victory in their first two games of the MVC tournament, a streak halted only by a loss in the tourney final.[1]

After amassing a 22-10 record, including 10 wins in their previous 11 games, and ranking with an RPI in the middle 30s, Hinson and his squad were disappointed to be omitted from the (then) 64-team NCAA Tournament field. However, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) came calling, and SMS drew a first-round matchup at home with Southern Methodist, whom they defeated handily. On the road at Ole Miss in the second round, Hinson and his Bears did not fare as well, getting blown out to the Rebels.[1]

By garnering 23 wins (against 11 losses), Hinson stands as only the fourth MSU head coach to win at least 20 games in his inaugural season. His win tally broke the school record for the most wins by a head coach in his first campaign.[1]

2000–01[edit]

The Bears followed up their successful 22-10 campaign with an equally unsuccessful season, finishing 13-16 overall and 8-10 in the conference. They did not participate in any post-season games.[3]

2001–02[edit]

The Bears had a mediocre year, finishing 17-15 overall and 11-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference (a.k.a. the "Valley"). They did not participate in any post-season games.[4]

2002–03[edit]

Picked before the season to finish eighth in the MVC, Hinson's Bears made an impression by finishing in a tie for third place in the conference standings. With a final record of 17-12 overall and a 12-6 Valley mark, the Bears again spent March at home.[1]

2003–04[edit]

Missouri State continued a trend of winning more than losing, yet still sitting at home in March. With a final record of 19-14 and 9-9 in the Valley, the Bears finished 95th in the College RPI.[5]

2004–05[edit]

Hinson led the Bears to another NIT appearance. Along the way, the Bears upset #23 Southern Illinois, the Missouri Valley regular season champion, in the conference tournament semifinal game. The victory over the Salukis marked the second consecutive year in which SMS/MSU defeated SIU in the conference tourney semifinals. Hinson's Bears lost to Creighton in the finals, but their 18-12 record earned themselves an NIT bid. Hinson led Missouri State to victory over Rice University in the NIT opener, but succumbed to Davidson in the second round.[1]

2005–06[edit]

Hinson’s 2005-2006 team had a win-loss record of 22-9 and achieved an RPI ranking of #21. The Bears again tasted postseason action, defeating Stanford and Houston in the NIT before getting blown out at Louisville in the tournament quarterfinals. It was Missouri State's third NIT appearance under Hinson and the third time in history that MSU reached the NIT quarterfinals.[1]

2006–07[edit]

The 2006–07 Bears won 22 games under Hinson's leadership. However, of their 11 losses, five were to MVC foes Creighton and Southern Illinois, and the NCAA Tournament selection committee passed on inviting Missouri State to the big dance. MSU accepted a bid to the NIT for the third straight year. They were handed a home loss by San Diego State by the score of 74-70.[6] Despite having won a modest 22 games, some fans were calling for Missouri State to replace Hinson.[6] However, when the season was complete,[7] MSU President Michael T. Nietzel called a press conference to announce that Hinson would remain as head coach.[6][7]

2007–08[edit]

The Missouri State Bears completed the 2007-2008 season with a record of 17-16, including an 8-10 regular-season record in the Missouri Valley Conference, highlighted by an 86-83 win over then-20th-ranked Drake at the final men's basketball game at Hammons Student Center. However, the team's mediocre record heightened speculation about Hinson's future,[6] resulted in the creation of a website advocating his dismissal, Fire Barry![8] and led to his firing.[9] In nine seasons with MSU, Hinson's teams did not make an NCAA Tournament appearance. His tenure has been described as "good, but not good enough."[10]

During Hinson's coaching tenure at Missouri State, his players had the highest Academic Progress Rates in the Missouri Valley Conference. In his 11-year career, including his time at Oral Roberts University, 46 out of 48 players coached by Hinson have graduated, although 18 players left the school early.[9]

2013–14[edit]

December 17th 2013, following a loss to Murray State, Hinson went post game rant that went semi viral on the internet.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (Summit League) (1997–1999)
1997–98 Oral Roberts 19-12 12-4 T-1st
1998–99 Oral Roberts 17-11 10-4 T–1st
Oral Roberts: 36-23 (.610) 22-8 (.733)
Southwest Missouri State Bears (Missouri Valley Conference) (1999–2005)
1999–00 Southwest Missouri State 23-11 13-5 2nd NIT 2nd Round
2000–01 Southwest Missouri State 13-16 8-10 T-7th
2001–02 Southwest Missouri State 17-15 11-7 4th
2002–03 Southwest Missouri State 17-12 12-6 T-3rd
2003–04 Southwest Missouri State 19-14 9-9 5th
2004–05 Southwest Missouri State 19-13 10-8 5th NIT 2nd Round
Missouri State Bears (Missouri Valley Conference) (2005–2008)
2005–06 Missouri State 22-9 12-6 T-2nd NIT 3rd Round
2006–07 Missouri State 22-11 12-6 3rd NIT 1st Round
2007–08 Missouri State 17-16 8-10 T-7th
Missouri State: 169–117 (.591) 105–75 (.583)
Southern Illinois Salukis (Missouri Valley Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Southern Illinois 14-17 6-12 10th
2013–14 Southern Illinois 14-19 9-9 t–5th
Southern Illinois: 28-36 (.438) 15-21 (.417)
Total: 233–176 (.570)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Administrative career[edit]

2009–2012[edit]

After Hinson left Missouri State, Hinson worked for the University of Kansas in two different administrative positions. First he was director of external relations for men's basketball for two seasons. Later, he was appointed Director of Men's Basketball Operations in May 2010 until he accepted the men's basketball head coaching position at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in March 2012.[11]

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