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He was first introduced to the sport as an elementary school student in Thunder Bay, Ont. But it was in high school that his passion for wrestling blossomed. He went on to become a three-time OFSAA Champion, a national champion and Canada West’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1989 for the University of Manitoba. He was a two-time CIS champion and a five-time CIS All-Canadian with the Bisons.
Prior to joining the Huskies as head coach in 1996, Hinds developed his coaching skills as an assistant coach at both Lakehead University and his alma mater Manitoba. Hinds has received Canada West Coach of the Year honours four times in his career at the U of S: his earliest in 1997 (second year of coaching), 1998, 2004 and 2007 at the Canada West Championship in Saskatoon. He was also named CIS Coach of the Year in 2007.
In 2008-09, he guided the Huskies to a second place finish on both the men’s and women’s side. It was a big step for the women, who had finish fourth in the last two seasons.
Hinds has been working with the Women’s National Team for 11 years. He has been at numerous World Championships. In 2004, he traveled with the women’s team to Athens for the Olympic Summer Games. Highlights of the international coaching experience include coaching his own Huskie athletes at world events including Jeff Adamson and Ryley Walker at the Junior World Championship, now assistant coach, Megan Buydens at the FISU Worlds and Viola Yanik at the Senior World Championship and the Olympics.
Hinds is actively involved in the wrestling community as a member of the Saskatoon Wrestling Club, Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association and the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association.