Roger Hinshaw
Roger Hinshaw

Burlington, N.C.

Defensive Coordinator, Safeties

Recruiting Areas:
Southwest Houston

The most experienced member of the Lamar coaching staff with 30 years of college coaching experience is defensive coordinator Roger Hinshaw.

Hinshaw, who is also responsible for coaching the safeties and serves as the recruiting coordinator, came to Lamar following a year as the assistant director of football operations at Duke University.

Prior to his stint in Durham, he enjoyed a 23-year coaching relationship with Ken Hatfield, working alongside the national coach of the year at Air Force, Arkansas, Clemson and Rice. Over those 23 seasons, Hatfield and Hinshaw helped the four respective programs to a combined record of 138-101-3 with 10 bowl appearances and four conference championships. Hinshaw spent the 2006 season as the defensive coordinator at Angleton (Texas) High School.

While at Rice from 1994-2005, his primary recruiting areas included east Texas, the Golden Triangle and Louisiana. He coached defensive backs for 12 of his 13 years at Rice. All told, six players earned all-conference honors seven times at Rice.

In 2001, two Rice defenders - Jason Hebert and Dan Dawson - were both among the NCAA leaders in interceptions with Dawson earning back-to-back all-WAC accolades in 2000 and 2001. In 1996, inside linebackers Rashad Reynolds and Thomas Benford both received all-WAC honors. In 1995, he coached two all-SWC performers in defensive backs Warrick Franklin and Bobby Dixon. The steady success dates back to his first year at Rice when the Owls ranked in the upper half of the SWC in pass defense and 25th nationally in total defense.

In 1990, the Clemson defensive unit was first in the country in total defense and outside linebacker Levon Kirkland was a finalist for the Butkus Award. In 1991, the Tigers were fourth in total defense and Kirkland earned All-America recognition.

During four of the six years he was at Arkansas, the Razorbacks ranked in the top 20 in the nation in total defense.

Hinshaw has coached in 10 bowl games -- Independence (1983), Liberty (1984), Holiday (1985), Orange (1987), Liberty (1987), Cotton (1989), Cotton (1990), Hall of Fame (1991), Citrus (1992) and Peach (1993). In addition, Hinshaw was a part of 10-win campaigns at three schools -- Air Force (1983), Arkansas (1985, 1988 and 1989) and Clemson (1990) -- as well as conference championship squads at Arkansas (1988 and 1989), Clemson (1991) and Rice (1994).

Hinshaw began his coaching career at Watauga HS in Boone, N.C., shortly after earning his B.S. in health and physical education from Appalachian State (1972). Hinshaw served two years as an assistant at Watauga before going back to Appalachian State to work on an M.S. in physical education and also serve as a graduate assistant coach (1974).

He then moved to Georgia, serving two years as the defensive coordinator of Newton County High (1975-76), then one year as secondary coach (1977) and one season as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Newnan HS in 1978.

The Burlington, N.C., native moved to Alabama the following year, working one season as the secondary coach and three years as defensive coordinator at the University of West Alabama.

Born March 3, 1950, Hinshaw and his wife, Lynn, have three daughters, Beth, Lindsey, Jamie and two son-in-laws, Ryan and Dane. Beth was a four-time WAC champion who earned All-America honors in the pole vault at Rice before graduating in 2004. Lindsey lettered three seasons on the golf team at Arkansas before graduating in 2006 while Jamie, earned four all-Big 12 citations and one third team All-America honor as a member of the Texas A&M softball squad.

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