Cardenas Announces Assistant Coaching Staff

SFA adds Collins and Haynes as assistant coaches for 2015.

June 5, 2014

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas announced the additions of Matt Collins and Mike Haynes to his coaching staff for the 2015 season on Thursday morning.

The Lumberjacks bring Collins over from McNeese State, where he served as an assistant coach each of the last three seasons, while Haynes moves up from the volunteer assistant position he has held the past two years. 

Matt Collins • Hitting Coach/Recruiting Coordinatior
“I really feel like Matt is going to give us an advantage in changing our recruiting landscape,” Cardenas said. “He has connections both in Texas and Louisiana that I feel will broaden our reach a little bit, not to mention a knowledge of the Southland Conference. He will be working primarily with our hitters. I think he will slide right in and I’m excited to see him continue the direction of our hitting.”

While at McN, Collins helped develop six first-team All-SLC selections, with three Cowboy bats picking up such honors in 2014, the most among league members. McN received four honors in all for the first time since 2011.

A 2010 graduate of Louisiana-Monroe, Collins joined the McN staff prior to the 2012 season after spending 2011 as a volunteer assistant at ULM. During his time with the Cowboys, he helped recruit and develop power hitters such as Jackson Gooch, a two-time All-SLC selection (2014-First Team; 2013-Second Team) the 2013 McNeese Triple Crown winner (.301, 5 HR, 34 RBI) and Seth Granger, the 2012 team batting (.327) and home run (4) champion.

At ULM, he played on the school's 2008 Sun Belt championship team and collected the 10th most hits (79) in school history in 2009 to his career with as a .334 collegiate hitter.

Prior to ULM, Collins played two seasons at LSU-Eunice where he helped the team to its first national junior college championship while serving as the team captain in 2006. He accounted for all three of LSU-Eunice's runs in the World Series championship game and was named to the all-tournament team.

Collins is a graduate of Parkview Baptist High School where he earned all-state recognition in both football and baseball and helped his team to the Class 3A state baseball title.  He is the son of former McNeese assistant and current Sam Houston State football assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Mike Collins. He is also the grandson of Pat Collins, who coached ULM to a national football title in 1987.

Mike Haynes • Fielding Coach/Assistant Recruiting Coordinator
“Mike has been involved with the program both as a player and as a coach and we are very excited to keep him on as a permanent coach,” Cardenas said. “The loyalty he has showed to our program has been unmatched by anybody that has ever come through to this point. We are excited to keep him on and even more excited for what he will be able to do for our defensive preparation and improvement.”

Haynes enters will enter his third season with the ‘Jacks, working primarily with the infielders, following a two-year career at SFA.

In 2013, Haynes worked with shortstop Hunter Dozier, who became the first player in program history to be taken in the first round and the highest Southland Conference selection of any baseball player when he was selected eighth overall by the Kansas City Royals. Dozier capped off the 2013 campaign earning first-team All-America honors and being 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 both 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 games in 114 games played appearing 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.



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