Before his tenure at Mizzou, Pinkel was the head football coach at the University of Toledo where he is the winningest football coach in school history. Pinkel was also a tight end at Kent State University, which is also a member of the MAC.
While coaching at Toledo, Pinkel won the MAC Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1997. His 1995 Toledo Rocket team went undefeated at 11-0-1, and won the Vegas Bowl. In his ten seasons, Pinkel had a 73-37-3 record and won three division championships and one conference championship. He also led the Rockets to finish in the national top 25 three times.
This will be the third hall of fame honor for Pinkel. He has already been inducted into the hall of fame at Kent State in 1997 and Toledo in 2009. Pinkel is also the winningest coach in Mizzou Football history.