Greg Hinze, athletic director at Blinn College since July 2005, has requested to be released from his contract to accept the associate athletic director for operations position at Sam Houston State University, Blinn president Don Voelter has announced.
Hinze was assistant director of athletics for marketing and operations at Sam Houston from 2003 until taking the Blinn position.
“I am glad to have the opportunity to return to Sam Houston State,” he said. “I spent the longest tenure of my professional life (seven years) as a Bearkat and I look forward to adding more years to that.
“That’s where I met my wife, who is a Sam Houston State graduate and former-athlete. She works in Conroe, so this move will allow us to return to our roots, so to speak, and prevent her from having a long commute every day.”
At Blinn, Hinze has directed a program that includes six intercollegiate athletic teams, the cheer and dance teams and an intramurals program as well as the health and kinesiology academic division. During his tenure, the Buccaneers made nine playoff appearances, including three national tournament appearances -- two in volleyball, one in softball -- and won the National Junior College Athletic Association football championship this past season.
“I want to express my gratitude to Dr. Voelter and Blinn College for the opportunity provided to me to be a director of athletics the past two years,” said Hinze. “I feel the valuable experience gained will serve me well in the future.
“I wish the athletic department and Blinn College nothing but success.”
A native of Sealy, Hinze was the men’s and women’s head track and field coach at Sam Houston from 1998 until 2003. From October 1993 until July 1998 he was the men’s and women’s head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Texas A&M University. Prior to that he was assistant coach for men’s and women’s track and field at Louisiana Tech University from 1992 to 1993 and at Stephen F. Austin State University from 1990 to 1992.
He was named the Southwest Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1995, the Southland Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2000 and the Southland Conference Outdoor Track Coach of the Year in 2003.
The graduate of Sealy High School earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M in 1990 and his master of education degree from Stephen F. Austin in 1992.
His last day at Blinn will by June 15.
Hinze File At-a-Glance
• 1 NJCAA National Championship (2006 Football)
• 3 NJCAA National Tournament Team Appearances (2005, 2006 Volleyball; 2005 Softball)
• 4 NJCAA Regional Team Championships (2005 Volleyball; 2006 Softball, Volleyball, Football, with women’s basketball losing in the regional finals both years but having won most games  in two- year span in school history)
• 5 Conference Championships (2005 Football, Volleyball, Softball; 2006 Football, Volleyball)
• All teams, except one, qualified for post-season play both years
• 11 NJCAA All-Americans
• 26 student-athletes named to the All-Academic All-Conference Team (most by any school in that two-year period)
• 4 NJCAA Academic All-Americans
• 2 NJCAA All-Academic Teams
• Set all-time highs for participation in intramurals, exceeding the 10,000 participant mark for the first time.
• Cheer (3rd) and dance (6th) both achieved their highest finishes ever at their national competition.