Things do happen in threes. In Mesa Mountain View’s case in athletics — specifically track and field/cross country — another retiree is on the way.
Mountain View athletic director David Hines has about five weeks of work left until his 30-year tenure as a teacher, coach and/or administrator for the district comes to a close. He joins longtime Toros track coach Robbie Robinson and cross country Kyle Sawyer in retirement.
“Kids are who you get into this for,” Hines said. “I know coaching is the part I miss and will miss the most. Getting to work with those top quality kids. It’s a great process.”
Hines, who has taught, coached or been the AD at four of Mesa’s six high schools in his stint, won’t be without work for long. On Monday, he was hired by the Arizona Interscholastic Association to be a part-time tournament coordinator beginning in the fall. Hines will help coordinate swimming and track for the association. The latter sport is where he made a mark as a coach and ambassador as well as a key figure in running and organizing state meets for the 5A conference.
Hines recently was named athletic director of the year for 5A by his peers, a nice way to go out.
Hines began his teaching career at MacArthur Elementary. After 2 ½ years there, he moved to Westwood where he taught and served as an assistant track and football coach.
Next came a six-year stint as head boys track coach at Mesa High, which he took to a state title in 1988. He coached girls cross country his final two years at Mesa. Hines then left Mesa High for Red Mountain when it opened in 1988-1989 and coached girls cross country and boys track there for eight years.
He piloted the 1991 Red Mountain girls cross country team to the state title. Hines’ final stop in the district, Mountain View, began 12 years ago where he has served as assistant principal and athletic director to the present.
“When I left Red Mountain and headed to Mountain View I felt like I’d accomplished what I had set out to do in coaching,” Hines said. “I got into administration, but I still wanted to be involved in the athletic part of it. I thought I would be able to help coach now and then, but it didn’t take long to figure out after my 14th meeting of the day I wasn’t going to have time to do that.”
Taking over for Hines next year as Mountain View’s athletic director is former wrestling coach Shawn Rustad, presently one of Mountain View’s assistant principals.