Marcos Hinojos graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Marcos has been in education for thirty-two years and currently works as the head football coach at Wayland Baptist University. Marcos was drawn to ENMU because he wanted to play football, but fell in love with the community of Portales, NM. “The family atmosphere that exists there really attracted me to Portales,” Hinojos explained. Marcos’s goal as head coach of the Wayland Baptist football program is to turn it around and make it thrive in their community, “I want people to turn their heads and see how well Wayland Baptist is doing and know that it’s an Eastern New Mexico Greyhound graduate.”
The community that Hinojos found at ENMU allowed Marcos to enjoy his time here as well as become inspired to be a coach and a mentor to other kids. While Marcos was attending Eastern his mentor Don Carthel, a coach for ENMU at the time, had a huge impact on his life and his coaching style. Jack Scott who coached the Greyhound football team from 1970-77, was another influence in Marcos’s life. Hinojos recalls that the Greyhound Lounge was his favorite place on campus to hang out and play pool with his friends.
Marcos Hinojos found a community unlike any he had experienced while attending Eastern New Mexico, and the friendships and mentorships he formed here shaped him for the rest of his life. Working at Wayland Baptist University has allowed Hinojos to use the skills and lessons that he learned at ENMU in his everyday life.