August 11, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- Michael Haines, who has coached at the prep, collegiate and professional level in Kalamazoo, has been named head women's soccer coach at Western Michigan University, Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard announced today. Haines replaces Katie O'Shaughnessy, who left in June to spend more time with her family.
"Mike is a great addition to our women's soccer program here at Western Michigan" said Beauregard. "He is a highly respected coach in the community and brings outstanding individual qualities that will make him a winner with the Broncos."
Haines most recently directed the Kalamazoo Quest through their inaugural season in the W-2 League of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL).
The W-League, consisting of pro and collegian players, is the highest level of woman's soccer being played in the United States.
On the collegiate level, Haines has guided Kalamazoo College's women's team to a 32-3-3 record the past two seasons, which included a pair of second-place finishes in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play. His 1997 squad captured a school-record 18 victories and reached the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Haines' coaching success also extends to the high school ranks, where twice he has been honored on the state level - first as Class C "private school coach of the year" for the boy's team at Hackett Catholic Central (Kalamazoo Mich.) in 1995 then as Class B-C-D "coach of the year" for the Hackett girls in 1996. Haines led Hackett to the 1995 Class C boys championship with a 22-2 record and guided the Irish girls to three consecutive state finals (1996-98) with an overall record of 67-4.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to foster a positive relationship between WMU women's soccer and the community of Kalamazoo," said Haines. "WMU has laid a solid foundation for women's soccer and I'm confident the program will continue to thrive in the Mid-American Conference."
Haines received his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Kalamazoo College in 1993. He lettered four seasons for the Hornets (1989-92), earning All-MIAA second-team honors twice and captaining the 1992 squad.
A Kalamazoo native, Mike recently married the former Kristen Cooper.
Western Michigan returns 10 starters from last year's 9-8-2 squad which finished second in the first season of Mid-American Conference action. The Broncos begin preseason workouts August 17 and open their third season of varsity play at Oakland University, Sept. 2.
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