Hall of Fame – 2007
Aquinas, Seward, Scottsbluff
H. Cecil Hinshaw coached wrestling at Aquinas, Seward, and Scottsbluff from1979-2005. From 1998-2005 he was head coach at Scottsbluff where he gathered 22 individual state medalists, 40 individual state qualifiers and two individual state champs. In addition he team was A-4 District Champs in 2002. Scottsbluff was in the Class A Top Ten at state 3 times under Coach Hinshaw. He’s teams also took 2 Western Conference Championships and 1 GNAC runner -up trophy. Coach Hinshaw was Head Coach at Seward High School from 94-97 his team won the 1997 Class B state title his last year there, having finished 3 times in the Top Ten. Seward won 19 tournaments, and 1 Central Ten Conference Championship under Coach Hinshaw. While at Aquinas from 80-94 his team won the Class C State title in 1994 and they were in the Top Ten 8 times. They were District Champs 2 times, tournament Champs 40 times and Nebraska Centennial Conference Champs 6 times.
Cecil has also been named Wrestling Coach of the Year by the Nebraska Coaches Association and was District Coach of the Year 5 times. He has received the NCA Career Milestone Awards Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as the NCA 25 Year Coach Award. He was named Outstanding Young Educator by the David City Jaycees in 1980 as well as being presented the Friends of Technology Award by Kearney State College. Other contributions, Cecil started the Best of the West All Star/All Class Wrestling Meet in Scottsbluff, has served on the NSWCA Board of Directors and has published articles in various wrestling Magazines including Wrestling USA. He considers his biggest thrills winning the Class C State title at Aquinas and the Class B State Title at Seward as well as the 2002, A-4 District title at Scottsbluff, the Parade of Champions at State every time he has had a finalist, seeing his son qualify in 2001, receiving awards from the Nebraska Coaches Association, and “working with a lot of great kids, coaches and parents.”
Cecil is introduced at the banquet by his son Jacob D. Hinshaw.