Former FC Dallas and SMU head coach Schellas Hyndman has been elected to the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020. The current Grand Canyon University head coach spent 30 years coaching in the Metroplex between the Mustangs and FCD.
Hyndman made his name coaching Eastern Illinois to their first NCAA D1 tournament in 1981, with their maiden tournament ending with a third-place finish and a National Coach of the Year award for Hyndman. In 1983, he moved to Southern Methodist University to begin a 30-year stint in Dallas
Hyndman took the Mustangs to the NCAA Tournament 22 times, and posted a winning season in each of his 24 years. Hyndman coached former FC Dallas captains Daniel Hernandez and Ugo Ihemelu, as well as current FCD head coach Luchi Gonzalez and team Chairman Clark Hunt during his tenure.
In his move to Frisco, Hyndman took the Hoops to MLS Cup in a losing effort to Colorado in 2010. He also won MLS coach of the year that year.
After departing Toyota Stadium in 2013, the 67-year-old took a short break before heading up Grand Canyon University’s fledgling soccer team. The Antelopes made their first NCAA Tournament this past year.
Hyndman will be inducted alongside George Herrick and Dr. Jay Martin at January’s United Soccer Coaches convention in Baltimore. The convention also hosts the MLS SuperDraft.