Local Notebook: Hintz returns as head coach at RCTC
Derrick Hintz is returning for a second stint as the football coach at Rochester Community and Technical College.
RCTC announced the hiring of Hintz on Thursday. He takes over for Eric Waldstein, who coached RCTC for two seasons and was not retained after the Yellowjackets went 6-3 in 2017.
“We are thrilled to have coach Derrick Hintz join the Yellowjacket football program as head coach for the upcoming season,” RCTC’s director of athletics Mike Lester said. “Throughout the interview process coach Hintz’s passion for RCTC, the athletic department, and the students in the football program was very apparent.”
Hintz has coached football at RCTC for 15 seasons and he spent this past fall as the team’s defensive coordinator. He was the head coach at RCTC in 2011 and 2012 and he guided the Yellowjackets to a 20-3 mark in those two seasons with berths in the state championship game both times. RCTC was 1-1 in the state title games under Hintz and 0-1 in a bowl game.
“I am excited to have been selected to head up one of the premier football programs in the NJCAA,” Hintz said. “I am a Yellowjacket through and through, and I hope to bring that excitement to the current and future players in the program. ... not only on the football field, but in the classroom, and in the community.”
With Waldstein’s departure in January, Hintz has played a key role in keeping RCTC’s recruiting process going forward. In the past Hintz has coached linebackers, the offensive line and special teams at RCTC as well as being the head coach and serving two stints as defensive coordinator. Overall, he has more than 45 years of coaching experience in high school football, college football, high school wrestling and high school track and field.
By its standards, RCTC has struggled the past two seasons. Waldstein had just a 12-8 overall record and RCTC did not reach the state title game either season. In the 20 years prior to that, the Yellowjackets reached the state title game 19 times.
“Coach Hintz and I have a shared vision to bring championship football back to Rochester Community and Technical College while at the same time ensuring and holding our student-athletes accountable to their academic success,” Lester said. “These two things are not mutually exclusive and will help our students move on from RCTC to successful careers or four-year opportunities. I look forward to the future of RCTC football under coach Hintz and his staff’s direction.”
Rochester’s Carter Evans is part of the Northern State University men’s basketball team that won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament championship. Evans, a 2013 Century grad, is a 6-foot-10 senior center.
Northern State, ranked No. 9 in the nation in Division II, defeated Southwest Minnesota State 81-75 in the NSIC Tournament title game. The Wolves swept the NSIC championships winning the overall, north division, and tournament crowns. They are now 31-3 this season.
In the title game, Evans had seven points, a team-high six rebounds and three blocked shots. He also went over the 1,000-point mark in his career during the contest. He has appeared in all 34 of the Wolves’ games this season and made 13 starts. Evans is averaging 10.2 points, 5.3 rebounds (second on the team), 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 61.7 percent from the floor. He accomplishes all that while averaging a modest 17.9 minutes a game.
Northern earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament with the win. It will find out its first-round opponent on Sunday.
The Rochester Honkers have announced the signings of Nathan Webb, Matt Hardy and Kevin West, all from the University of California, Riverside for the upcoming season.
Webb is a 5-10, 200-pound freshman utility man from Riverside, Calif. He is hitting .364 over the first four games this season.
Hardy is a junior outfielder and right-handed pitcher, standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 210 pounds. During his sophomore season, the Riverside native hit .209 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. On the mound, Hardy had a 5.79 ERA over 11 appearances with two starts.
West is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound sophomore right-handed pitcher has thrown 1 2/3 innings this season. He is also a native of Riverside.