Schellas Hyndman

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Schellas Hyndman
Schellas Hyndman GCU Press Conference.JPG
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-11-04) November 4, 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth Macau
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Grand Canyon University (head coach)
Youth career
1969–1972 Eastern Illinois University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975 Cincinnati Comets
Teams managed
1974–1975 Murray State University
1977–1983 Eastern Illinois University
1984–2008 Southern Methodist University
2008–2013 FC Dallas
2015– Grand Canyon University
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Schellas Hyndman (born November 4, 1951) is the head men's soccer coach at Grand Canyon University. He was previously head coach of FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.

Despite having a limited career as a professional athlete, Hyndman is one of the most successful college soccer coaches in American sports history, compiling a 466–122–49 record as the head coach at Southern Methodist University. He was the 1981 NSCAA Coach of the Year.

Playing career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Hyndman was born in Macau to a Russian-French mother and a Portuguese father, but after the communist revolution in China his family fled the country in the cargo hold of a ship in 1957. They moved to Springfield, Ohio before settling in Vandalia, Ohio where he attended Butler High School. Following high school, he entered Eastern Illinois University on a soccer scholarship. He was part of the 1969 NAIA national men's soccer championship team as a freshman. He graduated from Eastern Illinois with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1973.[1]


In 1975, Hyndman spent one season as a professional player with the Cincinnati Comets in the American Soccer League.

Coaching career[edit]

In the fall of 1973, Hyndman entered Murray State University, graduating with a masters degree in 1975. In addition to taking classes, he also coached the men’s soccer team.[citation needed] In 1976, he moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil where he taught at Escola Graduada and served as a staff coach with the São Paulo Futebol Clube. In 1977, he returned to the U.S. to become the head coach at Eastern Illinois University, then competing in the NCAA Division II. Over seven seasons, he compiled a 98–24–11 record. In 1978, Hyndman took the Panthers to third in the NCAA post-season tournament. In 1979, he topped that as Eastern Illinois finished runner-up to Alabama A&M. In 1981, the team moved up to the NCAA Division I, taking third place in the 1981 Division I tournament.[2] That led to his being selected as the 1981 NSCAA Coach of the Year.[3] He was inducted into the Eastern Illinois Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 1984, Southern Methodist University hired Hyndman as head coach of the Mustangs soccer team. Over the next twenty-four seasons, he compiled a 368–96–38 record, earning eight league Coach of the Year honors, five regional Coach of the Year honors.

Coaching FC Dallas in October 2013

On June 16, 2008, FC Dallas of Major League Soccer hired Hyndman as head coach after the sacking of Steve Morrow. In 2010, he coached Dallas to the MLS Cup Final, losing to Colorado Rapids. Hyndman resigned following the 2013 season.

On January 13, 2015, he was named head men's soccer coach at Grand Canyon University.


In 2001, Hyndman was selected to serve as a member of the NSCAA Executive Committee. In January 2005, he became President of the NSCAA, serving in that capacity for one year.

Personal life[edit]

Hyndman is also an established Aiki Ju-Jutsu coach, and has been teaching the discipline for over 25 years in the Dallas area. Hyndman is a 10th degree black belt with Juko Kai Int'o. [4] He is now married to Kami Hyndman and has three children.[5] His grandson Emerson Hyndman currently plays in the Premier League for A.F.C. Bournemouth.

Coaching career statistics[edit]

As of May 18, 2012
Team From To Record1
G W L T Win %
FC Dallas June 16, 2008 October 26, 2013 180 63 58 59 035.00
Total 180 63 58 59 035.00
  • 1.^ Includes league, playoffs, cup and CONCACAF Champions League.


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Eastern Illinois University (Division II Independent) (1977–1980)
1977 EIU Panthers 10–4–1 Lost 2nd round
1978 EIU Panthers 15–5–0 3rd Div. II
1979 EIU Panthers 14–4–3 Div. II Runner-Up
1980 EIU Panthers 12–4–0 Lost 1st round
Eastern Illinois University (Division I Independent) (1981–1982)
1981 EIU Panthers 19–2–2 3rd Place (Vacated by NCAA)
1982 EIU Panthers 12–3–5 Lost 1st round
Eastern Illinois University (Association of Mid-Continent Universities[6]) (1983–1983)
1983 EIU Panthers 16–2–0 4–0–0 1st Lost 2nd round
EIU Panthers [7]: 98–24–11 (.778) 4–0–0
Southern Methodist University (Division I Independent) (1983–1995)
1983 SMU Mustangs 10–7–3 Lost 1st round
1984 SMU Mustangs 10–4–3 Lost 2nd round
1985 SMU Mustangs 17–5–0 Lost Elite 8
1986 SMU Mustangs 15–2–2 Lost Elite 8
1987 SMU Mustangs 13–4–1 Lost 2nd round
1988 SMU Mustangs 12–3–6 Lost Elite 8
1989 SMU Mustangs 15–5–0 Lost 2nd round
1990 SMU Mustangs 18–4–1 Lost Elite 8
1991 SMU Mustangs 16–4–1 Lost Elite 8
1992 SMU Mustangs 15–3–3 Lost Elite 8
1993 SMU Mustangs 11–8–0
1994 SMU Mustangs 15–4–1 Lost 2nd round
1995 SMU Mustangs 16–4–1 Lost Elite 8
Southern Methodist University (Western Athletic Conference [8]) (1996–1999)
1996 SMU Mustangs 14–5–1 6–1–1 t-2nd Lost 1st round
1997 SMU Mustangs 19–2–1 7–1–0 1st Lost Elite 8
1998 SMU Mustangs 15–5–1 7–0–1 1st Lost 1st round
1999 SMU Mustangs 16–4–0 9–1–0 1st Lost 2nd round
Southern Methodist University (Missouri Valley Conference[9]) (2000–2004)
2000 SMU Mustangs 20–5–0 10–1–0 1st 3rd Place
2001 SMU Mustangs 21–1–0 9–0–0 1st Lost Elite 8
2002 SMU Mustangs 16–1–5 7–0–2 1st Lost 3rd round
2003 SMU Mustangs 13–6–3 4–5–0 7th Lost 3rd round
2004 SMU Mustangs 16–4–1 8–0–0 1st Lost 1st round
Southern Methodist University (Conference USA[10]) (2005–present)
2005 SMU Mustangs 14–6–3 8–1–0 1st 3rd Place
2006 SMU Mustangs 17–2–4 5–1–3 1st Lost 2nd round
SMU Mustangs [11]: 368–94–40 (.770) 80–11–7
Grand Canyon University (Western Athletic Conference [8]) (2015–future)
2015 Grand Canyon Antelopes 7–10–0 3–7–0 10 of 11
2016 Grand Canyon Antelopes 7–9–3 4–3–3 5 of 11
Grand Canyon Antelopes: 14–19–3 .431 7–10–3
Total: 480–137–54 .756

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Eastern Illinois Soccer Records
  3. ^ The Year in American Soccer – 1981
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  6. ^ "The Summit League Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). The Summit League. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Eastern Illinois Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Eastern Illinois University. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "2015 WAC Men's Soccer Media Guide". Western Athletic Conference. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "MVC Men's Soccer Records" (PDF). Missouri Valley Conference. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "C-USA Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Conference USA. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "2013 SMU Mustang Soccer Fact Book" (PDF). Southern Methodist University. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 

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