Hall of Fame

Sam Hindsman, Class of 1939

Induction Class of 2000
Football, Basketball, Baseball, & Track

The Itta Bena native graduated from Lee High in Columbus and quickly made a name for himself at Sunflower Junior College. He lettered in all sports that SJC offered playing football and basketball for two years and serving as Captain of the football team his sophomore year. In 1938 he helped the football team go 7-2-1 and win the Mississippi Valley Conference Championship. This included a 13-7 win over the Ole Miss JV team, a 20-13 win over the University of Tennessee JV team, and a 52-0 win over Hinds. He also helped the basketball team win both the State Title and the MVC Title for a second consecutive year. This was the first time ever for a junior college had one both titles in one year. Sam was the Trojans’ first baseman and an outstanding member of the Trojans’ track team helping SJC win the State Championship in 1938 by taking first place in the pole vault. In 1937 Hindsman helped baseball capture the State and MVC titles while losing only one game.

Hindsman went on to have a coaching career that spanned over 27 years. His Arkansas Tech University team won 350 games and lost only 140 while capturing 9 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference Championships outright and sharing two other titles during his 19 year tenure. His teams made 9 trips to the NAIA Tournament and he was voted NAIA Coach of the year in 1954. Also during this time he coached football at Tech and compiled an enviable 30-13-2 record. Hindsman was also tasked with developing a four year PE program for the university.

Hindsman’s coaching career was interrupted by WWII when he went to serve as an instructor at Grider Field in Pine Bluff, AR. After the war he returned to coaching. After retiring from Tech in 1970 he served 19 years as Director of the Bureau of Standards for the State of Arkansas. In 1972 he also served on a special committee to select and train U.S. basketball players for the 1972 Olympics.

Sam is married to another former inductee, Mrs. Mary Lou Streeter Hindsman.

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