Hoinkes named assistant football coach at Benedictine

Hoinkes named assistant football coach at Benedictine
May 18, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Karl Hoinkes, who guided the Oswego (Ill.) High School football program to unparalleled success for more than 25 years, has been named an assistant football coach at Benedictine University, head coach Jon Cooper announced recently. Hoinkes will be responsible for linebackers and special teams as well as being heavily involved in recruiting. Hoinkes began coaching at Oswego in 1981 and retired from his on-field duties there after the 2006 season. He will retire from teaching at the end of the current school year. However, Hoinkes will not get to enjoy being “retired” for long. The Eagles report to football camp in mid-August. “I have known Karl for more than 20 years and have enjoyed watching his teams,” said Cooper. “I have also had several of his athletes play for me over the years and have always found that they were well-coached, well-prepared and very knowledgeable as players. “Karl is going to add a lot to our staff,” continued Cooper. “His experience as a coach, as well as the fact that he can help us recruit throughout the state because he is so well-known and well-respected, will make him an integral part of our program.” Hoinkes’ success in building the Panthers’ program into statewide prominence is well documented. His accomplishments include: a won-loss record of 190-87 (.686); two state championships (Class 7A in 2003 and Class 4A in 1992); four state semifinal berths; 19 playoff appearances; and eight conference crowns. Hoinkes coached in the Illinois Shrine Game three times and has sent numerous student-athletes on to play at all collegiate levels. He has also had three of his players go on to play in the National Football League. He was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005. “This opportunity gives me the chance to work with a different level of athlete,” said Hoinkes. “The athletes are not only dedicated to their football careers, but also to getting degrees that will enable them the opportunity to work in the world and provide for themselves. “I hope I can bring experience and a view that may add to developing the players and bring the total concept of team together. I am a big believer in the total value of every teammate.” “This past fall, (Oswego) played Benet Academy at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, and I was very impressed with the facility as well as the friendliness surrounding Benedictine University in general,” Hoinkes continued. “I am looking forward to working with the staff and athletes at Benedictine. I am also excited about continuing my love of coaching and giving young people the chance to compete and be successful both on and off the field.” Benedictine University opens the 2007 season at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 1 with a non-conference game at home against Elmhurst College.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.