Dan and Benny Hinds

Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds (left) had a great relationship with his father, Benny (right) and because of it the former had an easier time of coping with his father's death in June.

Photo courtesy of Pablo Rios, 62

The Desert Vista offense was clearly out of sync in week one of the season.

It wasn’t the only thing off.

The vibe on the sideline was odd without Bennie Hinds.

“I was wondering how that would look,” Dan Hinds said Monday, choking up before tailing off with: “It was different.”

The elder Hinds was a mainstay on the Thunder sideline since his son took over the program. He gave approving nods after big plays, his presence was always felt by Dan and he provided hugs after the game.

Hinds fought cancer as hard as you’d expect someone who taught his sons toughness in a boxing ring, but the disease eventually won and he died June.

The game on Saturday was the first time Hinds coached without having his Dad close by, giving those approving nods.

“I’ll miss having him around to share what is such a big part of my life,” Hinds said.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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