Changing jobs not always easy on coach’s family

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)


It’s not as easy for a college football coach to change jobs and schools as many think. Just ask Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw.

He came to UK from Cincinnati, a relatively easy move distance-wise. Still, Hinshaw and his wife, Pam, have four children and they were not ready to come to Lexington in  January with him. Instead, it was June before they all moved into a house in Lexington.

“One daughter is in college and one graduated from high school this year, so we had to wait to move,” Darin Hinshaw said. “I love it here. I was working here and commuting. I stayed in an apartment, but it was not that bad.”

So how does his wife and family handle game day?

“My wife is a pro now. She knows not to get too high or too low. Obviously, when you win it is very exciting,” Hinshaw said. “She knows how to handle game day better than anybody.

“My kids have been around a long time. I have two kids going to UC (Cincinnati). I tried to get them to come to Lexington (to UK), but they wanted to stay there.”

His youngest daughter is 12 and his son is 14.

“All my family have moved and they have grown strong to the environment on game day,” Hinshaw said. “Like my wife, they know not to get too high or too low. They know that bowl games are fun and that is what they always ask me about so I hope this year I can talk a lot about a bowl game with them.”



  1. I have basically worked for two bosses since I got out of the Air Force in 1970, and lived at the same address since 1971 up until this past December. We moved from Pikeville to Versailles to be near our grandchildren, and with the stress of that one move, I can’t imagine what these assistant coaches and their families go through every couple of years. The real heroes of these families are the moms because they are the ones who mainly manage the households.

    1. Sorry I missed this earlier TrueBlue but you nailed it

    2. Changing jobs ranks #3 in one of life’s stressful coping demands ranking. Like Trueblue John, I migrated from Pikeville to Lexington in ’66. Moved to Nonesuch and lived there for 10 years before relocating multiple times with my career. GBB!

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