Kirk Hinrich: Career, Personal Life & Retirement

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43 years old Kirk Hinrich won many hearts during his tenure at the USA national basketball team. The 2003 NBA drafted Hinrich is best known for his tenacious defensive skills in the Guard position.

Kirk spent 14 years playing professional basketball. He played for the Chicago bulls from 2003-2010 and from 2012-2016. Before playing professionally, he proved himself as a child and teenage player.

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Kirk Hinrich, a former NBA player who played the most for the Chicago Bulls

He got into US national basketball team in July 2006 and has represented his country in many international competitions. 

Kirk, now retired, lives in his hometown in Sioux Falls, SD, and works as a coach in a basketball academy. He has a beautiful family with 4 children. 

In this article, we will get into details about this wonderful player’s personal life and career. Before we begin, here is a collection of amazing quick facts about him:

Kirk Hinrich | Quick Facts

Full Name Kirk James Hinrich
Common Name Kirk Hinrich
Nick Name Captain Kirk
Birthdate January 2, 1981
Age 43 years old
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Mother’s Name Nancy Hinrich
Father’s Name Jim Hinrich
Siblings N/A
Birthplace Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Nationality American
Residence Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
Religion Christianity
Ethnicity White
School Sioux City West High School
College The University of Kansas
Education Communication
Height 6’4 (193 cm)
Weight 190 pounds (86 kg)
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Brown
Shoe Size N/A
Martial Status Married
Partner Jill Fisher (Married in 2007)
Children Three daughters; Kenzie, Kyla, and Kenley & a son, Kolton
Profession Former Professional Basketball Player
Draft in 2003 
Position Guard
Jersey 12
National Team USA national men’s basketball team
International Achievements Bronze (FIBA world championships, 2007)
Status Retired
Current Profession Basketball Coach
Affiliated with Chicago Bulls, Sanford Power
Favorite Sports Basketball, Football
Hobbies Football, Coaching
Social Media Not Active
Merch Basketball Cards
Last-Update July 2024

Kirk Hinrich | Childhood

On January 2, 1981, Kirk was born in Sioux City, Iowa, USA. Kirk James Hinrich is the son of Jim and Nancy Hinrich. There is no information about his siblings and other members of the family.

The saying goes, “Morning shows the day, as childhood shows the man.” Similarly, Kirk also showed his athletic prowess in his early childhood days.

His father, Jim, was a former player and coach himself. He was on the Briar Cliff college basketball team and later coached for Sioux city west high school. 

Kirk caught the interest in basketball from his father and got excellent tutoring. Jim knew other fantastic players and coaches who all were somewhere a part of Kirk’s childhood mentor. Ray Nacke, Jim’s old coach, later taught Kirk as well.

All the excellent mentoring created a strong base for him to grow as a superb player later on.

However, basketball was not the only sport that interested the kid Kirk. He was also interested in football and basketball. Interestingly, he has formerly played as a quarterback and a pitcher. 

Kirk Hinrich | Early Career

Kirk studied in the same school where his father worked as a coach. Being the coach’s son was comfortable but also stressful at times.

West High won 82 matches during his final four years and lost only nine. In his senior year, he helped his school win the Iowa State Championship. He had all-time highest points, steals, and assists in West High by the time of graduation. 

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Kirk Hinrich, one of the top basketball players at Kansas University

The next challenge was choosing the right college that would sharpen his skills even better. Kirk had initially wanted to attend Iowa State, but due to some reason, he finalized on the University of Kansas. 

As a fresher playing for the Kansas Jayhawks, Kirk played 34 games, scoring 5.5 points per game. The player subsequently won the Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player Award.

Kirk Hinrich | Career

He began his professional career in 2003 after he was selected as the seventh overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2003 NBA Draft. Despite suffering from an acute viral infection just before his first season, he showed a great start to his professional career.

He was named to the NBA’s 2004 all-rookie first team as the Bull’s starting point guard. Eventually, Kirk was awarded MVP of the Bulls during the 2003-04 season.

Kirk was traded to Washington Wizards in July 2010. During this season, he was suggested he should wear glasses during gameplay, or else he could lose his eyesight.

The athlete was traded to Atlanta Hawks in February 2011. He had to miss many games due to shoulder surgery and ended up having career lows in points per game.

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Kirk returned to the Bulls in 2012 on a two-year contract. However, due to various injuries, there were fluctuations in his gameplay. Chicago Bulls offered him $5.6 million to sign another two-year contract with him in 2014.

In 2016, he was traded to Atlanta Hawks.

International Career

Hinrich got into US national basketball team in July 2006 and got a chance to compete in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. 

He was one among the 12 players to compete in the 2006 FIBA world championship in Japan, where team USA ended up with a bronze medal. However, he dropped out of the national team in 2007, citing personal reasons.

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Kirk Hinrich briefly played for the USA national team

Due to that, he missed the upcoming FIBA Americas Championship as well. It was reported that Kirk had decided to focus on his wedding. Hinrich later dropped out of the Olympics, too, because his wife was expecting a baby.


Kirk ended his career in 2016 with the Atlanta Hawks. In the end, he has a career average of 10.9 points and 4.9 assists per game.

He moved to South Dakota with his family and started working as a lead basketball specialist for Sanford Power, a basketball academy.

Kirk Hinrich | Height & Body

With a well-built body and sharp facial features, Kirk is one of the most handsome players Bulls have ever had.

Kirk has a height of 193 cm (6 feet 4 inches) and a weight of 86 kgs. Though it is a commendable height, some might argue that it is not great for a professional basketball player. 

When he was actively playing, his training routine consisted of doing a lot of weight, running, and speed work. Alongside workouts, he also practiced basketball every day. Even as a retired player, he continues to work out and stay fit.

Kirk Hinrich | Personal Life

We have barely heard any rumors about Kirk and his relationships from the past except about Jill Fisher, his wife. 

As far as we know about them, they have known each other since high school and have been dating since 1997. Jill hails from the same town as him, and the Sioux City Journal has also written about their relationship before. 

Just like Kirk, Jill is also an athlete. She was a state champion long jumper for Bishop Beelan highs school in Sioux City. 

Kirk Hinrich with his Family
Kirk Hinrich with his wife and four kids

The duo got engaged in 2006 and married on July 7, 2007. They were mature adults and were ready to build a family together by then. So, in 2008 they had their first child, a daughter named Kenzie.

In September 2011, another daughter followed, who was named Kyla. On September 12, 2014, Jill gave birth to twins, a boy named Kolton and a girl named Kinley.

So within a few years of marriage, they built a huge family with 4 kids. Jill has left her athletic life behind as a full-time mom.

Kirk Hinrich | Social Media

You might be eager to follow your favorite star on social media and get regular updates about his life. The sad news is that Kirk barely uses social media. However, there are a lot of fan pages dedicated to our favorite basketball players.

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Kirk Hinrich | Net Worth and Charity

The former NBA player Kirk has a net worth of $30 million. 

In 2007, Hinrich bought a mansion in Bannockburn for $4.4 million. The nine-bedroom french country-style estate spans an area of 9,270 square feet.

The mansion also included features like eight full baths, three half-baths, an in-home office, a large mudroom, four fireplaces, a six-car garage, a four-season porch with a grill, a master suite with an expertise room and a sauna, a card room, and a dance studio.

This exquisite mansion was listed to be sold in 2018 for around 40% less than the original price.

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Kirk Hinrich with kids from camp high hopes

The kind-hearted sportsperson is well known for his efforts to give back to society. Kirk and his wife Jill have connected themselves with a lot of charity work. Kirk organized a charity golf tournament intending to help special needs kids. It is called Camp high hopes. 

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