Floyd Central will reveal “Joe Hinton Court” on Dec. 9 PDF Print E-mail

Professional athletes who play for more than one team during their career often have a hard time determining which team they will represent when inducted into the hall of fame.


For legendary hall-of-fame basketball coach Joe Hinton, who coached at multiple schools during his 41, there really is no doubt that he is and forever will be a Highlander.
Hinton was the school’s first basketball coach in 1967 and just four years later he took them to the state finals.
The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Board of Trustees unanimously approved a request to name the gym floor at Floyd Central High School after Hinton earlier this year.
His signature will be permanently placed on the court and will resemble Denny Crum’s signature on the court at the KFC YUM! Center.
Hinton and the Highlanders made a return trip to the final four in 1989.
That history is the reason, the school will honor Hinton, by naming the court in their basketball gym “Joe Hinton Court.”
The ceremony will take place on Dec. 9 between the junior varsity and varsity contest against New Albany.
First-year Floyd Central Athletic Director Jeff Cerqueira has been busy tracking down former players and inviting them to the Dec. 9 event.
He said if any former players need additional information they can call him at the athletic office.
Cerqueira is expecting a big crowd.
“We don’t have a huge gym and we are playing New Albany and I think Joe has ties to New Albany,” he said. “We want anybody who knows Joe to come out and help us celebrate that night with him.”
Besides Georgetown and Floyd Central, Hinton also coached at Clarksville, Providence and closed out his career last season at Paoli.