Hyndman sets franchise coaching points record
FRISCO, Texas - Tonight's win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC was no ordinary three points for Schellas Hyndman. With the 2-0 victory, Hyndman passed Dave Dir for most points by a coach in franchise history(219 points; 57-48-48 all-time).
“It’s obviously huge,” said Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt. “He continues to win and continues to get results. I’m excited for Schellas, it’s a huge honor for a guy who has had a lot of success everywhere he goes and this is a unique team that can probably get him a lot more points. It’s a very special night for us all.”
After the game, FC Dallas players awarded Hyndman the game ball for his historic accomplishment.
“It’s not been an easy road,” said Hyndman. “We put a lot into it; myself, the staff and the players. Nobody gets any awards in this environment without the players. And this recognition goes back to our first game that we ever played in.”
Hyndman began coaching at FC Dallas in 2008 after 26 years of coaching the SMU Men’s soccer team and Saturday's game was his 153rd at the helm. His biggest moment so far with FCD has been leading them to the 2010 MLS Cup Final, but with a 6-1-1 start, big things could be ahead in 2013.
“You don’t see a lot of consistency with coaches these days and I think it’s a great accomplishment for him,” said FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson. “He has done a really good job and it’s just credit to him. I think it’s fantastic.”
Both Jacobson and defender Matt Hedges have seen their careers blossom in Dallas under the long-time coach.
"That’s a brilliant record for any coach to have; to have the most points in the history of the team is fantastic for Schellas," said Hedges. "The whole time I’ve been here, he’s been doing a great job."
Although Hyndman is happy to have the record, he knows the accomplishment was a true team effort and he couldn't have done it without the dedication of everyone on the field.
“I am very thankful and I think I’m blessed to be doing what I love,” said Hyndman. “I got a great group of guys in the locker room.”