ST. LOUIS — Barry Hinson of Southern Illinois University Carbondale was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year at the Arch Madness pre-tournament luncheon Thursday.
Hinson, a 13-year veteran of the MVC who coached nine seasons at Missouri State and is in his fourth year at SIUC, won the prestigious honor for the first time in his career.
The Salukis have been the comeback story of the 2015-16 season. Picked to finish ninth in the preseason poll, they posted an 11-2 non-conference record and an 11-7 league mark to finish tied for fourth place with Northern Iowa. The 22 wins are the most since the 2007 team won 29 games and advanced to the Sweet 16.
At 22-9 overall, SIUC posted its first winning season since 2008. SIUC lost 21 games last season.
Hinson edged Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall in the voting with 84 total points (to Marshall’s 81 points). Evansville’s Marty Simmons was third in the balloting, conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors. Hinson has finished among the top three vote getters in three of his four seasons at SIUC. In 2013, he was third in the balloting, despite the team finishing in 10th place. In 2014, he placed second after guiding the Salukis to a tie for fourth place in the league standings.