Hinson resigns as McMurry football coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Lance Hinson has resigned as the McMurry War Hawks head football coach. He resigned following the team’s final game of the season.

The team had back-to-back 2-8 win seasons. This season, they went 1-4 at home and 1-4 on the road. They also lost four straight games to end the season.

During the four-game losing streak, the team was outscored 260-43. However, in the final three games, they were outscored 225-20, including an 80-7 loss and an 83-6 loss — their final game as a Division II school.


“Coach Hinson led our young men for five seasons and guided us through a difficult time in our history, helping us navigate back to full NCAA Division III membership,” Athletic Director Sam Ferguson said in a press release. “We are grateful for what he poured into our program and the favorable impact he made on the lives of hundreds of young men who represented us during his tenure. We appreciate him and wish him and his family well in their future endeavors.”

Hinson was 14-35 in his tenure. The team had three 2-8 seasons in his coaching career at the school.

He also helped guide the team from the Division II level to the Division III level.

In addition, the football program has had six straight seasons with below .500 records. The school has not had a winning record since the 2012 season when they went 8-3.

“We are embarking on a search to identify a proven coach who has the ability to propel our scholar-athletes toward their goals, both academically and athletically,” Ferguson said. “The focus of our committee is to attract a head coach who will offer an exceptional experience for our scholar-athletes.”

In his first game as the War Hawks head coach, his team defeated FCS’ Houston Baptist Huskies, 26-17, in 2014.

Prior to accepting the McMurry job, he was the University of Saint Mary head coach at the NAIA school. He spent nine seasons as the head coach there, where he had a 38-54 record.

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