By Mike London
SALISBURY – Brian Hinson has resigned as Salisbury’s head football coach – an announcement that stunned the local football world.
Hinson led the restoration of the Hornets statewide program in recent years with two regional championships (one East, one West), a state runner-up and a state championship in the spring season. 2021 delayed by COVID.
When the Central Carolina Conference champions Hornets went 11-1 in the 2021 fall season, with a third-round loss in the playoffs, it was actually considered a disappointing season by some, but this only speaks to the strength of the program. In the fall of 2021, the Hornets scored 53 points per game, while allowing 5.4 per game. Statistically, they were the most overwhelming team in modern Rowan County history. They posted eight shutouts and scored five 60-plus points.
Beyond the numbers, it has been one of the toughest times in history to take on the responsibility of head coach in football, especially with the added AD duties. Following COVID guidelines and adhering to a long list of restrictions was exhausting and time-consuming, and North Carolina’s high school programs were tasked with playing two seasons just months apart in the 2021 calendar year.
Every football manager feels a drain on energy right now and may not be feeling the adrenaline rush they hope to feel.
Hinson was no exception.
With preparations for the 2022 season approaching — which includes training, conditioning and planning for summer camps — Hinson felt it was the right time to step aside so a new head coach could be in place. appointed or hired to replace him.
Family is everything to Hinson, and every football coach can tell you they’ve missed many months of their children’s lives that they’ll never get back. The supervision of a competitive program is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and almost 365 days.
Football coaches’ job of getting young athletes on the right track in life, giving them at least a chance to succeed, is always more important than winning and losing. Hinson has consistently earned high marks from players, parents and administrators in this regard.
There’s no scoreboard to show it, but there’s no doubt he’s saved dozens. Maybe hundreds.
Raised in Montgomery County, Hinson played as an offensive lineman in one of Catawba football’s greatest eras. Recently added to the Catawba Sports Hall of Fame, he was All-American in 1998 and 1999.
His first head coaching opportunity came at East Rowan for the 2007-09 football seasons. His teams were 17-19. One of those years was 1-10, so Mustangs have been very good the other two.
He moved to Catawba as an offensive line coach for several years, but opted to return to the high school ranks at Salisbury before the 2017 season. After experiencing coaching in college and high school, he believed he could have a bigger impact on high school athletes.
Salisbury usually has outstanding athletes, but winning there isn’t automatic.
Salisbury was 11-35 in the four seasons before Hinson was hired. Hinson was 47-15 in five seasons with the Hornets.
He ranks 13th on Rowan County Coaches’ winning list with 64. His winning percentage of .653 ranks well above 13th.
He was only CCC Coach of the Year once, but he has been Post’s Rowan County Coach of the Year or Co-Coach of the Year five times, including the last three football seasons. .
Hinson confirmed he was continuing with his AD duties.
There’s probably more to come when it comes to his coaching journey, but only time will tell. At 45, he still has a lot of football in him. It will recharge those batteries. and a door will open for him. Football needs him, even more than he needs football.
“We’ll see what God’s plan is,” Hinson said. “I have peace.”
Salisbury will lose a lot of talent upon graduation, but the Hornets should have another great team this fall, no matter who is at the helm.
Electrifying quarterback Mike Geter is a sophomore. Junior JyMikaah Wells is about to break school running records. Sophomore Deuce Walker is already attracting Division I offers.