Longevity in one career is rare and to be consistently successful is even more amazing. As he enters his 24th season in fall, 2007 as SMU's head coach, Schellas Hyndman (pronounced SHELL-us HIGHND-mun) has earned the respect of his coaching peers on the national level. Since taking over the SMU soccer program in 1984, Hyndman has produced a winning season each year. According to NCAA statistics at the conclusion of the 2005 season, his winning percentage (.772) ranks second among active Division I head men's soccer coaches. His 452 victories also rank him second among active men's Division I soccer coaches. Under Hyndman, the Mustangs have never won fewer than 10 games in a season. He brings a Mustang record of 354-91-38 and a career-mark of 452-115-49 into the 2007 fall campaign.
In 2006, SMU posted a 17-2-4 record, winning it second straight Conference USA regular-season title and its first league tournament crown. The Mustangs garnered the top spot in the national polls for a majority of the season (finished at #11) and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed. After drawing a first-round bye, SMU fell to eventual national champion UCSB in the second round at Westcott Field. Named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, defender Jay Needham earned NSCAA first-team All-America honors while sophomore Bruno Guarda was named to the third team. Guarda earned Conference USA Player of the Year honors as well. Needham, a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, was drafted by DC United in the third round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
Unseeded SMU made its second-ever College Cup appearance in 2005, defeating such opponents as No. 5 seed UCLA, UNC-Greensboro, and No.4 seed North Carolina (all on the road) to reach the pinnacle in collegiate soccer. Winners of the 2005 Conference USA regular-season title, the Mustangs recorded a mark of 12-2-1 in their final 15 games of the season. Seniors Duke Hashimoto (C-USA Offensive Player of the Year) and David Chun were selected in the January 2006 MLS draft.
In 2004, SMU won its fourth Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and third MVC Tournament championship. The Mustangs went undefeated in conference play and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th straight year. SMU entered postseason play as the seventh-seed and reached the third round of the championship. The Mustangs finished with a record of 16-4-1 and a final NSCAA ranking of #11. Senior defender Ugo Ihemelu earned All-America honors and was the fifth pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft - the highest Mustang draft selection since the inception of the MLS SuperDraft.
For the first time in his collegiate coaching career, one of Hyndman's current players was a member of a full national team. Fomer defender Mynor Gonzalez was called up to the Guatemalan full national team in the summer of 2003 and started in a number of games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition.
With a 4-0 win over UT-Dallas on September 24, 2003, Hyndman earned the distinguishable title of SMU's winningest coach, passing men's basketball coach Doc Hayes, who posted a record of 299 wins and 191 losses as head coach from 1947-67. Nearly two weeks later, SMU's 1-0 victory over Eastern Illinois gave Hyndman his 400th career win, becoming only the third active Division I men's coach to post at least 400 career wins and sixth all-time.
Hyndman has also earned an unprecedented eight league Coach of the Year honors (WAC: 1997, 1998, 1999; MVC: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004; Conference USA: 2006), and was named the NSCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year five of the last seven seasons as well.
In 2002, SMU captured its third consecutive MVC regular-season title (in as many seasons) and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. SMU reached the third round of the tournament and closed out the season ranked 12th in the nation.
The magic continued in 2001 as the Mustangs rattled off an undefeated regular season and held the top ranking in the nation for most of the season. The Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament champions, SMU entered the NCAA Tournament as the top seed in the 64-team field. A 2-0 loss to St. John's in quarterfinal play, though, closed out SMU's bid for a second straight College Cup appearance and finished the season with a remarkable 21-1 record.
Senior forward Luchi Gonzalez swept all of the major awards as the recipient of SMU's first-ever Hermann Trophy award, the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year honor and was named the Soccer America Collegiate Player of the Year.
The 2000 season was one to remember since the inception of the program in 1975 as the Mustangs made their first-ever Final four appearance in the College Cup. SMU finally cleared the quarterfinal hurdle in its ninth attempt. Even though eventual NCAA champion Connecticut handed SMU a loss in the semifinals, the experience will go far on the road for future seasons. SMU won a school-record 20 wins, including 14 straight victories (which tied a school record). The Mustangs scored a school-record 81 goals and led the nation in scoring the last seven weeks of the season. The accolades for Hyndman continued after the conclusion of the 2000 season. He received his second Dallas All-Sports Association College Coach of the Year award in June, 2001.
Hyndman has led the Ponies to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, and 2001, as well as the national semifinals in 2000 and 2005. He was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the first time in 1988 and received the prestigious Dallas All-Sports Association "College Coach of the Year" award in 1986. He is on the Federation National Staff, is a member of the NSCAA national coaching staff and was on the NCAA Division I men's soccer championship committee for six years. In January of 2001, Hyndman became a member of the NSCAA Executive Committee. In January of 2005, Hyndman took over the distinguished duties as NSCAA President and completed those duties in January, 2006.
A special honor was bestowed to Hyndman in January, 2003, when the NSCAA awarded him with the NSCAA Director of Coaching Emeritus title in recognition of his outstanding achievements in coaching, becoming only the fourth coach in the history of the organization to achieve such a prestigious title. During the summer of 2003, Hyndman was named Assistant Athletic Director at SMU.
It has become a tradition for at least one of Hyndman's players to receive All-America or All-Region honors. He has coached 20 Mustangs to All-America status, including 10 first-team honorees. Last season, Jay Needham (first team) and Bruno Guarda (third team) represented SMU on the NSCAA/adidas All-America list. In 2002, two Mustangs were selected as All-Americans (Diego Walsh - first team; Kevin Friedland - second team) while Walsh added his second MVC Player of the Year honors to his accolades. Walsh became the sixth consecutive Mustang to be named the Conference Player of the Year. In 2003, Ramon Nunez was bestowed with Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year honors. In 2004, senior goalkeeper T.J. Tomasso earned MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
In 1997, midfielder Daniel Hernandez, formerly a member of the MLS' New England Revolution, was named the NSCAA Player of the Year.
Hyndman's success did not begin at SMU. In seven years as head coach at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois, he led the Panthers to the NCAA playoffs each season. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1981 when his team finished third in the NCAA playoffs in its first season of Division I competition. Hyndman performed well as a player, too, earning four letters and starting for the 1969 NAIA championship team. Hyndman was inducted into the Eastern Illinois Athletic Hall of Fame in September, 2001.
Born in Macau, Hyndman spent the first eight years of his life in China. His Portuguese father was the son of a merchant sailor who settled in Shanghai and married a Eurasian woman. Hyndman's mother emigrated from Russia to China.
In 1957, the growing threat of Communism forced Hyndman's family to flee China for Springfield, Ohio. Two years later his father died, leaving him in a new country at the age of 10. But Hyndman harnessed the challenge to excel as a student, soccer player and coach. Academics continue to be a major focus for Hyndman's soccer program at SMU. Luchi Gonzalez was selected as the 2001 Verizon Academic All-America Men's Soccer Team Player of the Year while Diego Walsh earned first team Academic All-America honors in 2001 and 2002. Kevin Hudson was selected to the 2003 CoSIDA Academic All-America men's soccer first team.
Hyndman was an outstanding student himself. He received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois in 1973 and a master's degree in physical education and recreation from Murray State in 1975.
At Murray State, Hyndman split time as a graduate student and coach of the school's soccer team. He added a degree in guidance and counseling from Eastern Illinois in 1977.
Hyndman played for the Cincinnati Comets of the American Soccer League in 1975. The following year, he taught at Escola Graduada de Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he received a certificate to coach and train daily with the famous Sao Paulo Futebol Club.
While attending Butler High School in Vandalia, Ohio, he became fascinated with the sport of karate. He has advanced to the level of 10th degree black belt - the ultimate level, and now teaches a karate class twice a week. He also conducts a regional youth soccer camp each summer at SMU and frequently receives invitations to teach at various camps throughout the country.
Hyndman and his wife, Kami, have three children, Tony, Jaime and Tamara.