Hinkle-era in Amity begins with spring practice
Hinkle, 26, was hired by outgoing Amity Athletic Director Ryan Eckman after a long search that started at the end of the 2012 football season. In October 2012, former Amity coach Matt Arnold stepped away from the Warriors midseason, and Eckman stepped in to fill the void in the interim.
Now Hinkle takes over in his first head coaching position. A 2009 Linfield College graduate, Hinkle played offensive tackle for the Wildcats and has the coaching pedigree. He spent a couple of years after school as an assistant coach for Linfield.
“He’s just a good, young coach that has the potential to be a great one,” Eckman said.
“Jared was the most dynamic candidate.”
Hinkle said ever since he left Linfield he has wanted to get back into football.
“I couldn’t be happier about the opportunity,” he said.
Like most players who played for the Linfield football team, Hinkle brings a specific set of core values with him to Amity. He said a main focus has been to make his players better people.
“Attitude and effort,” Hinkle said. “If we get the guys to buy into those two things, the Xs and Os will fall into place.”
Hinkle and the Warriors have been working out this week and will do one more week. He said it has been a lot of fundamental work.
“The way you win football games isn’t by out scheming the other team, but by doing the little things better than them.”
Hinkle’s hiring at Amity increases Linfield’s influence in the West Valley League. Dayton hired former Linfield player Brodie Unger last spring, and Unger coached the Pirates to a 3A state championship in December. Willamina coach Tim France is also a former player for the Wildcats in the early 1990s.
Amity was fourth in 2012.