'A dream job for me': Sacred Heart hires Carl Hines as girls basketball coach

Accepting job 'no-brainer' for former Central boys assistant

Dylan Sherwood
Salina Journal

One opportunity led to another for Carl Hines.

Hines interviewed to be a junior high assistant boys basketball coach at Sacred Heart, but on Wednesday he was named the high school girls head coach.

The interview, with principal John Krajicek, assistant principal John Hamilton and athletic director Bryce Woodall led them to offer him the high school job that came open when Keenan Thompson resigned three weeks ago. Hines accepted.

"They were just so beneficial through that whole process," Hines said. "They made me feel at home. I've been given a great opportunity to build on that transition.

"It was kind of a no-brainer. In my heart of hearts, it was kind of a dream job for me. To say I'm excited is an understatement." 


Hines replaces Thompson, who left to take the head boys coaching position at Liberal. Thompson, a Sacred Heart grad, led the Knights to a 25-16 record in his two seasons and back-to-back appearances in the Class 2A sub-state semifinals. 

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Carl Hines previously coached at Salina Central and Lakewood Middle School

Hines spent nine years as a boys assistant to Doug Finch at Salina Central before moving to Lakewood Middle School four years ago. In his first two years at Lakewood, he coached the seventh-grade team and has served as the eighth-grade coach the past two seasons. 

"I got to learn so much about the game of basketball," said Hines on his time at Central. "It was a huge benefit."

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Even though his experience is on the boys side, Hines said the transition won't be a difficult one. 

"I've always been super positive," he said. "I think from that standpoint, there's a lot of excitement and it's certainly going to be a positive experience for the players. It's going to be a positive experience for everyone involved.

"In terms of teaching the game, we're going to go about things very similar and we're going to preach mental toughness and cohesiveness. We're going to do a lot of team building off the court."

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Woodall said he's ecstatic about hiring Hines. Along with coaching girls basketball, Hines will teach social studies at Sacred Heart.

"What he's going to bring to the school is a sense of passion for the overall achievement of the entire school," Woodall said. "At Lakewood, he's built a strong foundation in a short amount of time. His commitment to what he's trying to do in the classroom and on the court is really exciting.

"He's strong (and) committed. He knows there's a really good history here at Sacred Heart and tradition, and he wants to get us back to that level." 

'I'm excited to get the ball rolling'

Sacred Heart finished 11-8 this past season, but graduated five seniors. The Knights return Ellie Woodall, Maddie Ehrlich, Katie Weiss and Avery Eshleman, all of whom were varsity contributors. 

Hines will meet with the team in the near future to plan offseason workouts, team camps and open gyms that'll occur over the summer. 

"I'm excited to get the ball rolling and kind of put our system in," Hines said. "I know I'm stepping in a situation where there's some talent. There are some good underclassmen talent as well.

"It should be a fun situation. I think the young ladies will pick up what we throw at them relatively quickly. The summer is where we're going to develop and implement what we want to do. It's crucial."