Hinkleman leaves for OSUWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Hinkleman’s departure from Toledo on July 7 was a bit of a head-scratcher.
The former UT women’s swimming and diving coach was one of the youngest coaches in Division I and, after a second-place finish in her first season, she helped lead her team to its second Mid-American Conference championship in 2012.
Still, Hinkleman departed the job at her alma mater “to pursue other coaching opportunities.” It turns out, she won’t have to go very far for that opportunity.
Hinkleman agreed to a contract last week to become the assistant coach at Ohio State, marking the second time in three seasons that a Rocket coach has departed following a league title. Former head coach Lars Jorgensen also left UT to take an assistant job in 2010 at Tennessee, his alma mater.
“It’s an honor to work with such an accomplished athletic department and I am excited about joining the Buckeye family,” Hinkleman said. “I look forward to working with [head coach] Bill Dorenkott and the team to help them continue to improve and compete for a Big Ten championship, NCAA and international honors.”
Toledo athletic director Mike O’Brien’s search for Hinkleman’s successor is ongoing.