USC Upstate Coach Dons His Other Hat for Veteran’s Day

December 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

Known to most on the Upstate campus only as “coach,” William “Bill” Tinder has the distinction of having worn another hat in his lifetime – that of colonel in the United States Army.

It was that hat he wore when he served as keynote speaker during the Spartanburg High School Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 11 for their program “Honoring All Who Served.”

Commissioned in 1960, Tinder was on active duty from 1961-1986. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served from 1967-1968 during the Tet Offensive. In 1983, he was promoted to Full Colonel, the rank at which he retired from active duty.

While his commitment to service can certainly be seen in his 25-year Army career, it is also evident in his devotion to higher education, as well. Over the years, he has served as an associate professor of business, a professor of military science, faculty coordinator, and campus director at a number of colleges and universities.

The longest tenured coach on the USC Upstate women’s basketball staff, Tinder also is director of basketball operations, assistant women’s basketball coach, and the team’s academic liaison.