Lobo Club
'A Havahla Haynes
Position: Assistant Coach - Distance
Experience: 4 Years

'A Havahla Haynes is in her fifth year with the Lobos, assisting head coach Joe Franklin with the men's and women's cross country country and track & field distance cohort.

On the track, the Phillips, Wis., native has coached the men and women 800-meter runners since 2012. She is also in charge of the Lobo Nike program administering all aspects of that program.

Under her tutelage, New Mexico's distance program has seen strong performances. Josephine Moultrie holds the school record in five events — the indoor 600, indoor 800, mile, indoor 3000 and 1500 — and won five Mountain West titles during her two years at New Mexico. Moultrie also advanced to four NCAA Championships, as well.

In the 800, the Lobos have also performed well under Haynes, winning five conference titles in the event since 2012. Gabe Aragon won the event at the 2012 MW indoor meet and the 2014 MW outdoor meet, while both Moultrie and Alex Herring swept the titles at the two conference championships in 2013. The duo of Moultrie and Herring is just the second duo of teammates in the history of the Mountain West to sweep the 800-meter run both indoors and outdoors.

Additionally, Haynes has coached the Lobo track athletes to 12 All-American nods from events ranging from the 800-meter run to the 10,000.

Along with her coaching duties, Haynes has contributed extensively to the UNM track & field/cross country program. She has served at the meet director for the 2013 and 2014 Lobo Cross Country invitationals, leading the preparation and event-management efforts for New Mexico's annual home meet.

Haynes also served as the volunteer coordinator for the UNM- and Albuquerque-hosted NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in 2014. As the volunteer coordinator, she cultivated a grassroots effort for volunteering via multiple platforms and handled all event organization related to meet preparation, event operations and logistics.

Prior to New Mexico, Haynes spent two years as women's assistant cross country coach at Northwestern University under April Likhite, where she was charged with recruiting and fundraising efforts for the program.

Haynes is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and earned All-Big Ten and All-Midwest regional honors for both cross country and  track and field. She was a member of the 2006 cross country team that placed fourth at the NCAA Championships and she competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships during her time as a Badger. On the track she set the now-eclipsed Wisconsin school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10 minutes, 7.09 seconds) and earned All-American honors in 2007. She also qualified to the 2008 Olympic Trials in the steeplechase.

She earned a Master of Science in Sports Administration, Marketing & Public Relations from UNM in 2013.