'A Havahla Haynes
Position: Associate Head Coach
Experience: 4 Years

'A Havahla Haynes is in her fifth year with the Lobos, assisting head coach Joe Franklin with the men's and women's cross country country and track & field distance cohort. She was promoted to associate head coach in 2014 after four years serving as assistant coach. 

During the last four years, New Mexico has consistently performed as one of the best cross-country programs in the nation, with the Lobos continuing to win conference titles and advance to the NCAA Championships.

Since arriving in 2010, the Phillips, Wis., native has helped New Mexico to build on its dominance of the Mountain West as the Lobos swept the conference titles each year to extend their streak of conference-title sweep to five years running. UNM’s streak is tied for the fourth-longest in NCAA Division I history.

Her leadership has also translated to strong performances at the national level as the men have made four consecutive NCAA Championships and the women have made five in a row paired with four straight top-10 finishes from 2010-13.

In 2013, the Lobo women placed 10th at the national championships and the men placed 11th, marking the first year in program history both teams placed in the top 12 of the nation.

Additionally, the Lobos have seen tremendous individual achievements during Haynes’ time at New Mexico, including five All-Americans on the women’s side (Ruth Senior, Natalie Gray, Josephine Moultrie, Charlotte Arter and Sammy Silva) and two on the men’s side (Keith Gerrard and Luke Caldwell).

Under Haynes’ tutelage, Silva also won the individual race at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships in 2013 and was named for the NCAA Division I Mountain Region Women's Athlete of the Year for her performance.

Along with her coaching duties, Haynes has contributed extensively to the UNM track & field/cross country program. She has served at the meet director for the 2013 and 2014 Lobo Cross Country invitationals, leading the preparation and event-management efforts for New Mexico's annual home meet.

Haynes also served as the volunteer coordinator for the UNM- and Albuquerque-hosted NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in 2014. As the volunteer coordinator, she cultivated a grassroots effort for volunteering via multiple platforms and handled all event organization related to meet preparation, event operations and logistics.

Prior to New Mexico, Haynes spent two years as women's assistant cross country coach at Northwestern University under April Likhite, where she was charged with recruiting and fundraising efforts for the program.

Haynes is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and earned All-Big Ten and All-Midwest regional honors for both cross country and  track and field. She was a member of the 2006 cross country team that placed fourth at the NCAA Championships and she competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships during her time as a Badger. On the track she set the now-eclipsed Wisconsin school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10 minutes, 7.09 seconds) and earned All-American honors in 2007. She also qualified to the 2008 Olympic Trials in the steeplechase.

She earned a Master of Science in Sports Administration, Marketing & Public Relations from UNM in 2013.