Head Coach Schellas Hyndman
One of the most notable head coaches in NCAA men's soccer history, Schellas Hyndman is in his fifth season at the helm of the Grand Canyon men's soccer program in 2019 after leading the Lopes to their first NCAA tournament at the Division I level in 2018. He was named the third men's soccer coach in program history on Jan. 13, 2015.
In 35 years of coaching, Hyndman has compiled a record of 499-158-56 and has qualified his teams for the NCAA Tournament in 31 of 33 eligible seasons. He ranks fourth in NCAA Division I men's soccer history for career wins.
Hyndman led GCU to a 5-0 mark against top-25 teams in the 2018 season behind the strength of the nation's most-improved defense. The Lopes closed the regular season on a three-game win streak, swept their way through three WAC Tournament games to claim a conference title and advance to the NCAA tournament in the program's second year of Division I postseason eligibility.
During Hyndman's tenure, the program opened one of the nation's premier college soccer venues in GCU Stadium. The Lopes finished in the nation's top 10 in average attendance in the stadium's debut year of 2016 and in 2018.
The team debuted GCU Stadium to the largest crowd to watch a soccer game in Arizona history: 6,402 fans. That record was shattered two years later when the Lopes upset No. 12 Wisconsin in front of 6,648 fans for the 2018 season opener. GCU finished No. 7 in the country in average attendance in 2017, drawing 2,508 fans per match.
Hyndman brings with him extensive head coaching experience, including 35 years of collegiate coaching experience -- 24 years at SMU, seven seasons at Eastern Illinois and the remaining years at GCU. Hyndman compiled a record of 466-122-49 entering his 2015 GCU debut, giving him the 12th-highest winning percentage in Division I men's soccer (.770) at the time.
Hyndman served as the head coach for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer from 2008 to 2013. He took FC Dallas to the MLS Cup Final in 2010, when he was named MLS Coach of the Year.
Before serving as 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 there, finishing with a 368-96-40 record. Under Hyndman, 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 under Hyndman, who won conference Coach of the Year awards eight times 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 its 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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