July 8, 2013
The women's lacrosse staff will countdown 101 ways to help you get to know the program before the first team steps foot on campus in August 2013. Go Blue!
Meet Janet Hinz:
On March 18, Janet Hinz joined the women's and men's lacrosse staff as an administrative assistant. Prior to joining the staff, the Concordia University graduate coached women's volleyball at various levels for 25 years, including three years as the head coach as Skyline High School in Ann Arbor. In addition to her role with the lacrosse programs, she is also a member of the Michigan Event Staff, working all home men's basketball games as Crisler Center. Janet has two children: Andrew, 23, who resides in Indianapolis, Ind., and Amy, who is a senior at Central Michigan University. In her spare time, Janet enjoys staying active by taking boxing classes, working with her personal trainer and playing sand volleyball.
29. How has it been working with the women's and men's lacrosse programs for the past three months?
Working with the lacrosse teams has been very new and exciting. I feel especially privileged to be part of both the programs, because while they are both lacrosse, they operate very differently. Each one has different style, rules, equipment, coaching staff and even different office procedures, which keeps things interesting for me. I really love being here at Michigan Athletics.
28. How did you get your start in coaching and what did you enjoy most about your time as a volleyball coach?
I started coaching right out of high school. The school system I came from did not have middle school sports, so the year after I graduated, I volunteered to start a seventh and eighth grade volleyball program. I loved it and it went so well that at the end of the year they gave me a small stipend and asked me to stay on the follow year. I coached there for three years, then moved up to the junior varsity position for three years and then became the head coach there at my hometown high school of Pinckney for the next 15 years. I retired when my daughter went through the system to remove any conflict of interest, and took the job at Skyline in Ann Arbor when the new school opened. That was a tremendous challenge to begin a program from scratch with all freshmen, which I feel makes me particularly suited to help build the Michigan women's lacrosse program here at U-M.
27.What is it like being part of the Event Staff at Crisler Center during men's basketball games?
I have attended many volleyball games and other Michigan events over the years, but my first real up close exposure to Michigan Athletics was working on the basketball event staff this past season. I was lucky to be given the job of south basket sweeper and I couldn't have picked a better year to get started. It was a wonderful experience and I met some really terrific people, including the players and some of their family members. I watched every minute of every postseason game and yelled and jumped around my living room during their awesome postseason run. After working at the games, I felt like I was part of the team. From my very first game at the newly renovated Crisler Center, I was hooked and knew this was where I wanted to be.
26. What do you do in your spare time to stay active?
In my spare time I stay pretty active. In the summer I play a lot of sand doubles volleyball, mountain bike or work in my yard at home. In the winter, I do more reading and indoor home projects -- this winter I'm hoping to renovate my basement. I also have a lot of family in the area and we still get together for almost every birthday and holiday. I also watch a lot of sports on TV -- I love BTN!