Charles Oliver Hines

Coach
Inducted 1991 (charter class)

Charles Hines has been actively involved in athletics since the age of 12, either as an athlete or a supervisor. All of his athletic career was in the state of Florida with the exception of the two years he spent in the military service.

Hines has made outstanding achievements as an athlete in high school, college, and the army. As a coach he garnered many district and conference honors. He has served as a super role model, encouraging many athletes to further their education as well as athletic abilities. He has served St. Lucie County in athletic for 33 years. During his tenure he was football coach at Lincoln Park Academy and Dan McCarty High School; football coach, wrestling coach, and athletic director at Fort Pierce Central High School; and football coach, athletic director, and assistant principal in charge of athletics at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.

While at Fort Pierce Central High School, Hines started the first wrestling program in St. Lucie County, culminating a record of 94-11. He also was selected to serve as one of the coaches for the South All-Star football team in 1972. As athletic director at Fort Pierce Central High School, he was instrumental in bringing girls; sports back to the county. During his second year as football coach at Fort Pierce Westwood High school, his team was selected as one of the most improved teams in the state of Florida by the Coca-Cola/Dunkel rating system. In his third year at Fort Pierce Westwood High School, his football team won the district and Suncoast Conference championships, which entitled the team to be in the first round of the state playoffs.

Hines has been active in many community organizations dealing with the youth of St. Lucie County. His numerous successes have been credited to his affiliation with these youths as an elementary school teacher, scoutmaster, little league coordinator, recreation director and YMCA director.

A product of the St. Lucie County school, he graduated in 1954 from Lincoln Park Academy, received his Bachelor’s degree form Florida A&M University and his Master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University.

He is married to the former Delores Smith. They have two children, Vachel and Luvenia and three grandchildren.