It was exactly three years ago that Gary Hindley and his Mississippi Beach Kings kicked-off professional indoor soccer in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. A season when Coach Hindley led a high octane, exciting soccer team to the league championship, before losing to the Louisiana Swamp Cats.
When the indoor soccer league folded in the summer of 1998, Mississippi Beach Kings coach Gary Hindley remained on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a referee. He did that until January 10th of 2000 when he suffered a stroke and was paralyzed on one side of his body. He battled back spending three months at Gulfport Memorial Hospital and Rehab center.
Once he got back on his feet.. Gary Hindley was back on the soccer field doing what he loves best, coaching. Hindley said, "I was in the National Professional Soccer League which was the league I was in before I came down here with the Beach Kings. I coached Toronto, an expansion team. We went 21 and 19 during the regular season, qualified for the playoffs and made it to the semifinals getting beat by Milwaukee, the eventual league champion."
While Gary Hindley's new home is located in Canada.. his heart remains here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Hindley said, "Actually I came back here on a couple of weeks vacation to check on the possibility of bringing another indoor soccer team here to Mississippi. That's what myself and former Beach King players want to see happen. I'd eventually like to end up back here and in soccer again, but its kind of hard to do from Toronto. I'd like to try and work out something I can do from the coast and that would give it a better boost in trying to put it all together in bringing indoor soccer back to Mississippi."
Gary Hindley is a fighter. He's proven that by winning his own battle, fighting back from what could have been a deadly stroke. He doesn't give up till he gets what he wants.. and one day another pro soccer team will make its way in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and you can bet Hindley will be calling the shots.