Columbus Hines, known as “The Country Squire,” directed Dixie High School of New Lebanon basketball teams to Class A championship in 1962 and 1966 after Hines’ 1958 team was derailed in the state semifinals. He began coaching his Greyhounds in 1954 and spent the next 14 years compiling a remarkable 277-57 record for a .829 winning percentage.
Hines’ head coaching career began in Crawford County at Lykens High School where he spent only one year (21-4), before moving to West Elkton High School in 1946. During the next eight season, Hines posted a 175-40 record at West Elkton (Preble County).
Hines’ teams were known for the fast-running attack. His teams were always fun to watch for they played a running helter-skelter game that was completely unlike Hines himself. Columbus was very easy going – to the point that he’d chat amiably with the fans during a game. He looked like his mind was never on the game but far away, however, opposing coaches will assure you that he always knew what was happening during a game.
Hines’ Dixie teams were still going strong when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 58 on July 28, 1968. His 23-year coaching career finished with an impressive 473-101 record.