OC REGISTER ARTICLE
The following is written by Nicole Huszcz who played at Irvine HS for Scott Hinman.
"Yesterday we lost one of the all-time greats. If you knew him, you knew he was SO much more than a coach. He taught us the fineness of the sport, taught us to be students of the game, taught us to appreciate athletics in a way most of us had never been exposed to, but above it all, he taught us to be the best version of ourselves. He was an incredible coach with the accolades and championship wins to prove it, but it was his unique and unparalleled ability to connect with each of us on such a personal and individual level that made his impact so meaningful and long lasting. Whether you were the star athlete, the troubled teen or just the average kid, he not only took the time and made the effort, but had the incomparable ability to connect with every single one of us and make us believe that what we did mattered.
He changed my life. He played an enormous role in shaping my character and developing me into the person I am today, and I know that I’m only one of thousands who he influenced in such a positive and meaningful way. If you’ve bothered to take the time to read this far it’s probably because Scott Hinman meant that much to you too. I’m hoping to put together a small token to offer his family to show them that while we will forever miss his charisma, crass jokes and heartfelt wisdom, his spirit and legacy will live on because of the profound influence that his character had on all of us.
I’d like to compile a book of memories, anecdotes, photos, and snippets of love and appreciation to share with Barbie, Cory, Crystal and Chase so that they know just how far his reach extended. Whether it’s a sentence, paragraph or page, please email me any moments or words of kindness that you remember him by along with your name, class year or how you knew our beloved Hinman so that his memory will be forever preserved. Please share the idea of this compilation to anyone who knew him so that we can involve as many as possible.
Please send pics and memories to Nicole.email@example.com
Rest in Peace Hinman, your work here is done, and done so incredibly well. We love you so very much."