Mike Jinks begins his second season as the head coach at Bowling Green in 2017. The 19th head coach in program history, Jinks was previously the associate head coach and running backs coach at Texas Tech.
In his first year at BGSU, Jinks led the Falcons to a 4-8 record that included three straight victories to close the regular season. Bowling Green outscored its three divisional opponents 107-54 during that stretch and rushed for an average of 328 yards during the winning streak. BGSU had eight 100-yard rushing performances over the final three games of the season.
The staff used the momentum gained to generate buzz in the offseason. The Falcons, by all accounts, landed the second-ranked recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference, proving immense trust in Jinks despite a sub-.500 record in his lone season guiding a college football program.
Jinks’ players have excelled individually both on the field and in the classroom. A MAC-high nine players were named Distinguished Scholar-Athletes following the 2016 season and five were presented as members of the Hampshire Honor Society. Thirteen players were named Academic All-MAC and seven were named All-MAC, including first teamers Scott Miller and Joseph Davidson. Davidson was also first team Academic All-American, fourth team All-American by Phil Steele, and a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, presented to the top punter in college football.
Jinks, who came to BGSU after spending the 2015 season as Associate Head Coach, coached the Red Raiders' running backs for three seasons. Prior to his time at Texas Tech, he was a National Coach of the Year finalist while winning the 2010 Texas State Championship and compiling a record of 43-4 in his final three seasons at San Antonio powerhouse, Steele High School.
Known for their prolific offense, Texas Tech saw great success with Jinks. The Red Raiders owned the second-best offense in the country in 2015, totaling 7,134 yards in 12 games (594.5 yards per game). TTU also had the second-best passing offense.
Much like the final three games of Bowling Green’s 2016 season, Texas Tech saw incredible success in the running game under Jinks. In just his second season, he tutored DeAndre Washington, who became the first Red Raiders' running back since Ricky Williams in 1998 to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a single season. Washington finished the season with 1,103 rushing yards and was named second team All-Big 12.
Washington turned into the Big 12 Conference's most prolific rusher under Jinks, totaling a league-best 1,455 yards on the ground and 14 touchdowns in 2016. Washington was also second in the Big 12 in all-purpose yards (146.6 yards per game) behind only teammate Jakeem Grant (180.6 yards per game). The Texas Tech rushing attack averaged 204.8 yards per game and tallied 34 rushing touchdowns in his final campaign.
Jinks joined the Texas Tech program after a highly successful tenure at Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas – a suburb of San Antonio. Jinks was the first head coach at Steele when the school opened its doors in 2005, and it didn't take long for him to mold the program into a state powerhouse. While at Steele, Jinks compiled a 76-18 record overall, including an impressive 43-4 mark in his final three seasons. He led the Knights to the 2010 Class 5A Division II State Championship and to the state finals again in 2011.
His highly successful career at Steele led him to receiving the honor of coaching the West Team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January 2013. He was also a finalist for the Xenith National High School Coach of the Year Award. While at Steele, Jinks coached former Texas Longhorn, and All-American running back, Malcolm Brown.
Prior to becoming the head coach in Cibolo, Jinks was the head coach at Burbank High School for a season. Prior to that, he had a highly successful career as a high school assistant coach and offensive coordinator at five different schools. Jinks' coaching career began in 1995 as the quarterbacks coach at Eillison High School. In 1998, Jinks then became the quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Judson High School. Following that, he served as offensive coordinator at David Crockett High School, Galena Park High School and Robert E. Lee High School, all prior to his first head coaching position.