ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico head cross country coach Joe Franklin announced Wednesday that ‘A Havahla Haynes has been promoted to associate head cross country coach for the 2014 cross-country season.
Haynes, a native of Phillips, Wis., has been the assistant coach at New Mexico for the past four years, assisting Franklin with the distance program during the Lobos’ streak of five-straight sweeps of the Mountain West men’s and women’s cross-country championships.
“She’s one of the best coaches in the country,” Franklin said. “She’s earned it and deserves it.”
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, Haynes 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.
New Mexico has also continued to advance to the highest levels of the national stage with Haynes on staff, making five NCAA Championships in a row for both genders. 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.
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.
The Lobos open their cross-country season on Sept. 6 when they host the Lobo Invitational at the UNM North Golf Course.