Head Coach Schellas Hyndman
Schellas Hyndman enters his third year at the helm after he was named the third men’s soccer coach at Grand Canyon on Jan. 13, 2015.
In his two seasons as head coach, Hyndman has taken great strides in more than just wins and losses. In 2016 the team debuted at GCU stadium to the largest crowd to watch a soccer game in Arizona history, 6,402 fans. GCU finished No. 7 in the country in average attendance last season with 2,508. While at GCU he has a record of 14-19-3 and finished fifth in the WAC in 2016, five spots up from the year before.
Hyndman brings with him extensive head coaching experience, including 31 years of collegiate experience -- 24 years at Southern Methodist and the remaining seasons at Eastern Illinois. Hyndman has compiled a record of 466-122-49 entering the 2015 campaign, which marks the 12th-highest winning percentage in Division I men's soccer (.770).
Hyndman most recently served as the head coach for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer from 2008-13. He took Dallas to the MLS Cup Final in 2010, when he was named Coach of the Year.
Before serving as the head coach for FC Dallas, Hyndman took over the SMU men's soccer program in 1984 and produced winning seasons in each of his 24 years at the school, finishing with a 368-96-40 record. With Hyndman at the helm of the men's soccer program, SMU made 22 NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the quarterfinals 11 times and the College Cup twice. Additionally, SMU won six conference tournament championships and nine regular-season conference championships, while Hyndman won eight conference coach-of-the-year and five regional coach-of-the-year honors with the Mustangs.
Hyndman coached a Hermann Trophy winner, two NSCAA Players of the Year, and 21 All-Americans -- including 10 first-team honorees -- at SMU.
Prior to his tenure at SMU, he was named the 1981 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coach of the Year while serving as the head coach at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois. That season, Hyndman's team finished third in the NCAA playoffs in its first year at the Division I level. Hyndman was inducted into the EIU Hall of Fame in 2001 after taking the Panthers to the NCAA playoffs in each of his seven seasons.
In 2001, Hyndman was selected to serve as a member of the NSCAA Executive Committee and served as president of the organization in 2005. He was awarded with the NSCAA Director of Coaching Emeritus title in recognition of outstanding coaching achievements in 2003, becoming just the fourth coach in the history of the organization to achieve the title.
Following his collegiate playing days, Hyndman played professionally for the Cincinnati Comets of the American Soccer League in 1975.
A four-year letterwinner at Eastern Illinois who started for the 1969 NAIA championship team, Hyndman earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1973. He then completed his master's degree in physical education and recreation from Murray State in 1975. Hyndman added a degree from EIU in guidance and counseling in 1977.
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