A former Division I player at Idaho and private coach in Spokane, Hinson joins Eagle coaching staff for 2013 season
The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team will have a new coach for the upcoming 2013 spring season. Cheney resident Dustin Hinson was recently named interim women’s tennis coach, announced EWU athletic director Bill Chaves.
Hinson replaces the departed Mykala Hedberg, who was the associate head women’s coach from September 2011 - December 2012. Hinson will serve as interim head coach until the end of the 2012-13 school year, at which point an official search for a permanent coach will take place.
Hinson currently works as a professional fisheries biologist and aquatic ecologist in Cheney, but has ample experience with tennis as both a player and coach.
Hinson, a native of Moscow, Idaho, started playing tennis at the age of three, and progressed into a top 15-ranked junior tennis player in the Pacific Northwest. After four years playing in United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments, Hinson earned a scholarship to the University of Idaho, where he competed for three years (1995-98) in both singles and doubles.
“I am quite happy to have Dustin on board,” said EWU director of tennis Darren Haworth, “He has some great experience having played for Idaho, and with him living here in Cheney, it makes a great fit. I know Dustin is very enthusiastic about the opportunity and I think he'll bring a lot to the program.”
Hinson graduated from Idaho in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in fishery resources. He went on to earn a master’s from UI in environmental science in 2003.
In the midst of his work as a biologist and aquatic ecologist, Hinson also spent time as an assistant tennis professional at the Woodlake Athletic Club in Sioux Falls, S.D., as well as a coach at the North Park Racquet Club in Spokane, Wash.