|Date of birth||November 4, 1951|
|Place of birth||Macau|
|Grand Canyon University (head coach)|
|1969–1972||Eastern Illinois University|
|1974–1975||Murray State University|
|1977–1983||Eastern Illinois University|
|1984–2008||Southern Methodist University|
|2015–||Grand Canyon University|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
Youth and college
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.
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. 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. That led to his being selected as the 1981 NSCAA Coach of the Year. 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.
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.
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. His grandson Emerson Hyndman currently plays in England for Fulham.
Coaching career statistics
- As of May 18, 2012
|FC Dallas||June 16, 2008||October 26, 2013||180||63||58||59||35.00|
- 1.^ Includes league, playoffs, cup and CONCACAF Champions League.
- Eastern Illinois Soccer Records
- The Year in American Soccer – 1981
- Seltzer, Greg (28 April 2014). "American Exports: Emerson Hyndman stars in Fulham's win vs. Chelsea in FA Youth Cup final". MLSsoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 30 August 2014.