Darin Hinman is the newest person to don the hat as the Grove Sun Sports Editor. Hinman, who resides in Grove, joined the staff this month for the start of the 2017-18 sport season.

More about Hinman

A native of the Richmond, Virginia area, Hinman traveled to northeast Oklahoma - including Grove and Miami - every two years or so to visit family. 

After a stint in Colorado, he moved to Grove in spring 2016 to live near his family.

Hinman enlisted in the U.S. Marines shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. He served five years before returning to school.

He has a business administration degree from Colorado Technical University and a journalism and technical communications degree from Colorado State University. 

He picked journalism because it seems like a continuation of his service in the military. 

"Instead of serving my country, I can serve people," Hinman said. 

Sports journalism became his focus because of a love for all things sports related. 

"I have a passion for sports, like most guys my age," Hinman said. "This position is a great opportunity to showcase up and coming athletes and a way to cover local sports in an in depth manner. 

In addition to working first as a reporter and then editor-in-chief for the Colorado State Collegian, Hinman also spent time in broadcast journalism for a number of years.

In 2014, he covered riots in Fort Collins where students were throwing bricks at police and police were tear gassing the crowd.

Hinman and his dog, a German shepherd named Duke, live in Grove. He enjoys scuba diving and playing softball.

This spring, he spent time playing in the coed softball league through the Grand Lake YMCA, playing for the Scared Hitless team.

The team went 3 -11 but Hinman said beyond the score, the team was successful.

"It was a church team and we were mainly there to have fun and a good time, which we did," Hinman said.  

Additionally, Hinman enjoys snow skiing and skydiving, having more than 1,000 ski dives under his belt. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, which he said "is really important" on his priority list.

A reader, Hinman is currently reading Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History, a military history book by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar.

"It's about a forgotten war in U.S. history and one the Marine Corps took a part in," Hinman said. "I love military history."

Outside of work, Hinman is an active volunteer with his church, First United Methodist Church in Grove. This summer he was one of the adult volunteers who worked with the Youth Force summer mission camp, which took place in Grove.