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For the fifth season, Michael Haynes will continue to work with the infielders of the Stephen F. Austin baseball team after finishing up a two-year playing career for the Lumberjacks.
With Haynes' assistance, SFA registered its first 30-win season since 2011 in 2016 and also finished .500 or better for the first time since that same 2011 campaign. SFA embarked on a memorable run in the Southland Conference Tournament when, as the eighth seed, the 'Jacks tied a program record with three wins in the postseason tourney before bowing out to eventual SLC Tournament champion and NCAA Tournament participant Sam Houston State.
A pair of Haynes' infielders - juniors Nick Ramos (second base) and Tyler Kendrick (shortstop) registered All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention selections before SFA's memorable 2016 season came to a close.
During the 2015 season SFA posted a 17-34 record, including an 11-18 mark in Southland Conference play, which was just three wins shy of the 20-win plateau that the team reached in 2014. During his most recent campaing, Haynes oversaw a Lumberjack infield unit that committed just 65 errors and posted a .966 fielding percentage - good for new program bests in both categories.
In 2013, Haynes worked with shortstop Hunter Dozier, who was taken eighth overall in the MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. In advancing to the professional ranks, Dozier became the first 'Jack to be selected in the first round and the highest selection of any Southland Conference player. Dozier capped off the 2013 campaign earning first-team All-America honors and was named the Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the year. In addition to the All-America honors, Dozier became the first Lumberjack in program history to be named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was also a national finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award (nation's top shortstop), and semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award (top player).
Across two seasons as a player, Haynes started 105 out of 114 games at second base, third base and shortstop. The native of Sugar Land, Texas, finished his career with a .263 batting average.
Haynes made an immediate impact upon his transfer from Temple College prior to the 2010 season. The infielder hit .307, appearing in all 54 games on the season. Also in that season, Haynes helped SFA to a program-best 34 wins and then helped surpass that mark with 37 victories as a senior in 2011.
Before transferring to SFA, Haynes helped lead TC to a 44-16 record as a sophomore and just one win away from the JuCo World Series. In that season he hit .336, recording at least one hit in 31 of 44 games and finishing 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts
Prior to TC, Haynes lettered three seasons at Austin High School.