This archived article was written by: Dyana Thurgood
Attending three different schools can be quite the challenge. The time needed to settle in and make friends, is an important aspect of one’s childhood. However, if moving around is all “for the love of the game,” the benefits are well worth it.
Madison Hind was born Aug 27, 1991. in Ogden Hind’s mother, Amy, quickly became her one and only. With only a mother to keep watchful eye, being a teenager had its benefits. The thing that kept her away from trouble was her athletic ability. Hind attended the local middle school where she had her first tryout for a high school sport.
West Jordan High Schools’ Women’s Basketball program is where she first fell in love with the game. Having tried out for the sophomore team, Hind was successful as a ninth grader. Her roots were started as a lady Jaguar and began to blossom into a talented player. After her first year playing basketball, the family decided to pack up and move to the neighboring city, South, Jordan.
This wasn’t an easy decision. West Jordan and Bingham High school were rival schools, and had been for many years. Switching schools would mean a new coach, team and atmosphere; One far different from the previous. It also would mean a separation from friends, which could be a major price to pay. “At first,” Hind says, “I hated it! Cause my friends and everything, but I’m so glad I did.”
Bingham High School is known for its strict ways and deep tradition. The women’s program is one of the most well known in the state of Utah. The head coach, Rand Rasmussen, is the main reason why it has such a legendary record. Hind and Rasmussen seemed to butt heads at the beginning of her transfer, but time would heal that wound. Rasmussen became a pivotal person in her life, “He made me grow up and believed in me.” The three last remaining years of her high school career were enjoyed with her teammates and coach at Bingham High. The saying “Once a Lady Miner … always a Lady Miner” has followed her all the way to the present day.
Now attending the College of Eastern Utah, the lessons learned at Bingham are helping her thrive as an athlete. Hind is a major contributor to the Golden Eagles and has been from day one. Her rotation in as the other post position has been a huge asset for CEU and a nightmare for all the others. Hind has the strength of a post, but the touch of a guard. Jump shots from 15 feet. have always been her strength. Her teammates say, “She has great post moves and hustles on defense.” With the remaining few games left and an entire season next year, CEU fans are excited to see what this Golden Eagle has in store.