Tag: Darin Hinshaw

Changing jobs not always easy on coach’s family

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It’s not as easy for a college football coach to change jobs and schools as many think. Just ask Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw.

He came to UK from Cincinnati, a relatively easy move distance-wise. Still, Hinshaw and his wife, Pam, have four children and they were not ready to come to Lexington in  January with him. Instead, it was June before they all moved into a house in Lexington.

Darin Hinshaw: “Let’s act like we have been there.”

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

No one has to explain to new Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw why UK fans are skeptical about what this season might hold after four straight losing seasons. He also knows UK seems to have better overall talent and depth than coach Mark Stoops had in his first three seasons.

“The way the players have to think is one play at a time, though. They can’t think we have to go to a bowl game and win a SEC championship. We have got to play for national title,” Hinshaw said. “We have all those goals but as players and coaches we have got to simplify it in our mind or there is clutter.

Athletes, coaches, golfers all enjoy Swings For Soldiers Classic

Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — I’ve only missed one of the seven Swings For Soldiers Classic events hosted by Allison and Jacob Tamme to raise money for Homes For Our Troops and it’s a terrific event that has raised over $500,000 to build specially adapted homes.

Monday’s event at the University Club outside Lexington was no different.

It starts with the Tammes greeting everyone as they pull into the entrance to the club and giving participants their special Swings for Soldiers Classic goody bag.

Hinshaw in no hurry to be a head coach

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s in no hurry for it to happen, but Kentucky co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw does want to eventually be a head coach.

“Without a doubt. I will let the Good Lord handle that. I am the quarterback coach at Kentucky and want to make it the best in America,” said Hinshaw.

Hinshaw came to Kentucky after spending three years at Cincinnati with Eddie Gran. Before that, he coached three seasons at Tennessee, including 2012 when he was the recruiting coordinator. He was receivers coach at Memphis from 2007-09. Before that he worked at Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee.

Talent upgrade, coaching hires impressed UK media members

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During this offseason time for both Kentucky football and basketball, I decided to consult some of my media friends for their insights/perspective on the UK football team and what might lie ahead during the 2016 season.

Here’s part one of a series of questions I posed to those who regularly cover Kentucky football.

Question: What impressed you the most about Kentucky’s spring practice?

Stoops pleased with UK’s second scrimmage

By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics

Coaches want QB Stephen Johnson to keep gaining weight

Stephen Johnson (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After spending two years in junior college, quarterback Stephen Johnson has the maturity that new Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw likes.

“Game completely different from junior college ball to SEC football, so he’s realizing right now that they run a lot faster in the secondary. He can’t hang the ball up as long as he could. I’ve got to get him to throw the ball,” Hinshaw said.

Did Darin Hinshaw take shots at past UK coaching?

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

New Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw has been very open talking about the challenges he faces putting together the offense at Kentucky.

He talked to media members Tuesday morning and seem to take a little bit of a shot at former offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.

“I don’t know what they’ve done in the past, but their footwork wasn’t where it needs to me,” said Hinshaw.