A basketball coaching career that spanned almost four decades and included stops at six schools will end for Jim Hinkle following the 2012-13 season.
Hinkle, who is going into his 17th year as the boys basketball coach at Jacobs High, announced Friday he will be stepping down from his post at the conclusion of the upcoming season.
“I love this group of seniors and I’m really looking forward to this season (and I think it will be a good one),” Hinkle said in an e-mail announcing his retirement. “However, at the end of the 2012-13 season I will no longer be available to be the head coach of the Jacobs boys’ basketball program.”
The heavy time commitment during the basketball season, which includes the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, plus the long hours spent running the program’s summer camps, were major factors in Hinkle’s decision to step aside as he hopes to spend more time with his family in the future.
Hinkle retired as a teacher almost a decade ago but continued to coach and work at the school in the attendance department. He expressed sincere thanks to the faculty and staff at Jacobs for supporting him throughout his tenure, which included a difficult personal chapter after his wife Barb was diagnosed with a fatal disease in 2003.
Hinkle owns a 527-522 record during his 38-year coaching career, which included a stint at Elgin Community College. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.
Hinkle began his 32-year high school coaching career in Canton, Mo., before moving to Chester High in downstate Illinois. From there he went to Irving Crown High, which later became Dundee-Crown. He arrived at Jacobs in 1996 following his stint at ECC.
During his time at Jacobs, Hinkle has compiled a 253-200 record and led the Golden Eagles to three regional titles and two Fox Valley Conference Valley Division titles.
“If this were a storybook, we will win the FVC, the regional, and go to state,” Hinkle said. “However, no matter how the season goes, I will enjoy it like no other and it will be the final season in what I already know has been a wonderful life. I have been blessed and I know it.”