Hindley to coach Pensacola soccer club

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 09:06 AM.

One carrot for Hindley was not being forced to leave what he calls his second-home, Port St. Joe, his home away from home, second only to his hometown in the Northeast.

“When I talked to them I didn’t have to move to Pensacola full-time,” Hindley said.

Another attraction was the ability to bring with him his own assistant, in Hindley’s case long-time friend and colleague Don Maples, who is based out of Knoxville and assisted Hindley during his first year at Port St. Joe.

Maples is also an outstanding goalkeeper coach, Hindley said.

Hindley, with a lengthy and broad resume in the college and professional coaching ranks, said he became intrigued with the possibility of coaching in Pensacola while conducting a camp in the city with Maples.

“I saw this was a lot higher level of play than I thought it would be,” Hindley said. “They were young, hungry, passionate soccer players. They want to be taught everything. That appeals to me.”

There was also appeal at returning to the higher levels of coaching soccer.



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