'A Havahla Haynes
Position: Assistant Coach: Cross Country

After spending two years as assistant coach at Northwestern University, Haynes is in her fifth year with the Lobos, assisting head coach Joe Franklin with the distance runners.

During the last three years Haynes has been responsible for overseeing the highly successful women's distance program, and has coached the men and women 800-meter runners since 2012. She is also in charge of the Lobo Nike program administering all aspects of that program.

Under her tutlage, the women's distance program has seen strong performances. Josephine Moultrie holds the school record in five events -- the indoor 600, indoor 800, mile, indoor 3000 and 1500 -- and won five Mountain West titles during her two years at New Mexico. Moultrie also advanced to four NCAA Championships, as well. 

In the 800, the Lobos have also performed well under Haynes, winning five conference titles in the event since 2012. Gabe Aragon won the event at the 2012 MW indoor meet and the 2014 MW outdoor meet, while both Moultrie and Alex Herring swept the titles at the two conference championships in 2013. The duo of Moultrie and Herring is just the second duo of teammates in the history of the Mountain West to sweep the 800-meter run both indoors and outdoors. 

Haynes who is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin earned All Big Ten and All Midwest regional honors for both cross country & track. She was a member of the 2006 cross country team that placed fourth at the NCAA meet and she competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships during her time as a Badger. On the track she set the Wisconsin school record in the 3000 meter steeplechase (10:07) and earned All American honors.

Coach Franklin on Haynes, "Coach Haynes brings a high degree of enthusiasm and energy to our program. She did a great job this past fall working primarily with our women's cross country team and it was no accident that the women placed fifth at the NCAA meet with her leadership. Her personality and philosophy meshes very well with our coaching staff and I am sure she will help us reach our goal of winning a national championship in cross country."

When she was hired for her second year at Northwestern, the Wildcat's head coach, April Likhite, said, "I am very excited and honored to to have 'A Havahla coaching with us. She did a phenomenal job last year connecting with our athletes. Her passion for the sport and her experience as a Big Ten student-athlete bring a very instrumental coaching dimension to our program."