Charlotte Independence announced today that Brian Haynes will join the club as Assistant Coach. Haynes will work with Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries as a key member of the coaching staff.
“Brian will mesh quickly with our staff and players as he is a positive, forward looking individual,” said Charlotte Independence General Manager and Head Coach Mike Jeffries. “He was the first person I hired for my staff when I started with the Dallas Burn, so I have seen firsthand his exceptional ability to work with and help motivate players individually. The team will enjoy working with him and benefit from his quality.”
As Charlotte Independence’s Assistant Coach, Haynes will play a key role in the day-to-day preparation, training, and development of the Jacks’ playing philosophy and culture.
“I feel like Mike and I have some unfinished business from our days together in Dallas, so it was a no-brainer when he asked me to come to Charlotte,” said Haynes. “I am seeing signs that this club is headed in the right direction, so I’m excited to join Mike’s staff and help him get this team as far as we can get it to go.”
Born in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, Haynes joins the Independence from FC Dallas, where he was in charge of the MLS side’s ECNL 08 Boys. Prior to this, Haynes joined Inter Miami CF’s Developmental Academy staff where he served in a variety of coaching positions, including a recent appointment as their U19 Academy Head Coach.
Haynes, who was tabbed as Jeffries’ first Assistant Coach in 2001 with Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas), brings valuable experience to the Independence as a professional player and coach. The former Trinidad and Tobago international had a successful playing career with the Burn from 1996-2000. His coaching experience dates back to 2001, when he joined Jeffries’ technical staff from 2001-06 as an assistant, following his retirement as a player. In 2012, he took over as the Head Coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks in the NASL, where he was named the 2013 NASL Coach of the Year.
Haynes also worked two years at Houston Dynamo FC’s Developmental Academy from 2018-2019.
Haynes graduated from Erskine College in 1989 where he was a three-time NSCAA All-American and a two-time District 6 MVP. He finished his career with 61 goals and 40 assists, both fourth on Erskine's all-time list, and was inducted into the Erskine College Hall of Fame in 2019.
Haynes holds a USSF National "A" Badge coaching license. He and his wife Jeanne have a son and a daughter.