A former UCF record holder and passing great, Darin Hinshaw is set to begin his fifth year as a member of Andy McCollum's staff. Hinshaw, who served as running backs coach his first two years, was elevated to co-offensive coordinator in February of 2003. Hinshaw recruits north Florida.
Hinshaw's offense in 2004 led the Sun Belt and ranked 15th nationally in passing, while ranking 31st in the country in passing efficiency. The unit also tallied 47 plays of 20 yards or more.
In 2003, the Blue Raider offense went down as the highest scoring unit in the Sun Belt Conference at 27.7 points a contest, including four games of 35 points or more. The unit ranked 37th nationally in passing efficiency and had the fifth ranked receiver in the country.
In 2002, the Blue Raiders had the nation's No. 21 ranked rushing offense, a 1,000-yard rusher, and two of the top eight ground gainers in the Sun Belt Conference.
In 2001, the Blue Raiders had two of the top five rushers in the SBC along with the top overall rushing attack. Record breaker Dwone Hicks, who rushed for over 1,000 yards, finished the year as the nation's second leading scorer.
Hinshaw, 32, made his way to Middle Tennessee after serving on Mike Kruczek's staff at UCF from 1999 to 2000. The 1993 UCF graduate spent the 1999 campaign as a graduate assistant with the responsibility of coaching tight ends and assisting the head coach with the quarterbacks.
In 2000, the former Golden Knight signal-caller took over the quarterback coaching duties: the first time someone other than Kruczek guided the quarterbacks since 1985. In that first season, Ryan Schneider threw for 2,334 yards and 21 touchdowns and completed 62 percent of his passes. In a win over Alabama, Schneider registered 283 yards through the air.
As a player, Hinshaw set numerous school records for the Golden Knights, including the career passing mark with 9,000 yards. During his time under center, UCF had a combined 28-16 record, including a 9-3 mark and an appearance in the I-AA playoffs in 1993.
Following his playing days at UCF, Hinshaw tried his hand at professional football. After a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns, Hinshaw spent two years with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, helping the Preds to the Arena Bowl where they lost to the Tampa Bay Storm in 1995.
In 1996, Hinshaw played quarterback and was the offensive coordinator for the Granite State Warriors of the Eastern Football League, which was made up of teams from New York and New England. Hinshaw inherited a team that went 2-8 in 1995 and led it to a 14-2 record and a trip to the national championship game.
Following a year in the EFL, Hinshaw went back to the Arena League to play for the Nashville Kats. After a short stay in Nashville, Hinshaw decided to pursue college coaching at UCF.
Hinshaw earned his master's in business administration from UCF in 1996. He and his wife Pam have three daughters; Sydney, Hayley, and Carley, and a son, Darin, Jr.