Joey Haines is in his 26th and final season as the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Southeast Missouri State. Prior to arriving at Southeast, he spent four years as the head coach at fellow Ohio Valley Conference school Austin Peay.
Haines announced his retirement at the beginning of the 2007-08 school year. "The main reason I want to retire now, I want to retire on my terms. There are not many coaches any more that do that," Haines said in an article of the Southeast Missourian. "I want to go out when the program is very good. I don't want to go out because I lost interest and I wasn't giving it what it needs."
Since the university joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 1991, Haines has led Southeast women to 15 OVC titles and the men to five. Last season, the Redhawks men's team finished second at the OVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships while the women's team finished third overall in both indoor and outdoor. The men's and women's teams combined had a total of nine individual conference champions. In 2005-06, Haines was named OVC Coach of the Year for both men and women outdoor, and for the women's team indoor. He was also named OVC Coach of the Year for the women's team for the 2003 indoor season and for the 2004 indoor and outdoor seasons.
While at Southeast, Haines has coached several All-American performers including five NCAA Division I All-Americans and 145 Division II All-Americans. His most recent, Miles Smith, placed fifth at the NCAA Division I Championships in the 400m in 2005. In the same year, Smith won a gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, as a member of the United States 4x400m relay team. In addition, he has coached one NCAA Division I national champion and 23 NCAA Division II national champions.
Haines coaching experiences has earned him several awards, including 20 OVC coach of the year awards, six Division II regional coach of the year awards and one Division II national coach of the year award. In 1990-91 and 1993-97, he received the Missouri Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Coach of the Year. He was inducted in the Missouri Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002. In addition, Haines was honored as the U.S. Olympic Festival Sprint Coach in 1994.
Haines has helped organize national track meets at the AIAW and NCAA levels. He took part in the Venezuelan Olympic team as a coach in its pre-Olympic competitions in 1978 and has organized several track camps and clinics through the years.
Beside his success on the track, Haines has coached outstanding athletes in the classroom as well. In 2006, 13 track and field and cross country athletes received the OVC Medals of Honor award, which is given to the student-athlete who achieves the highest grade point average in a conference-sponsored sport. In the same year, the Redhawks had 16 women's track athletes named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Haines, a former javelin thrower, received his B.S. from David Lipscomb University in 1969. Following his graduation, Haines began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1969, where he served as the assistant track and field coach. The following year, he became the head track and field coach at Franklin Tennessee High School. In 1971, he returned to David Lipscomb University where he served as the head track coach for seven years. In 1973, Haines received his Master of Education form Middle Tennessee State University.
Haines and his wife Jane are the proud parents of two children, Jennifer Doolittle (35) and Talley Haines (32).
*Head Coach- Southeast Missouri State University (1982-present)
*Head Coach- Austin Peay State University (1978-82)
*Head Coach- Lipscomb Univeristy (1971-78)
*Head Coach- Franklin Tennessee High School (1970-71)
*Assistant Coach- Lipscomb University (1969-70)
*NCAA Division I Regional Track & Field Coach of the Year, 1998, Women
*Ohio Valley Conference Men's Coach of the Year, 1995- Outdoor, 1996- Indoor & Outdoor, 2005 Outdoor, 2006 Outdoor
*Ohio Valley Conference Women's Coach of the Year, 1978- Outdoor (Austin Peay University), 1995- Outdoor, 1997- Indoor & Outdoor, 1998- Indoor & Outdoor, 2000-Indoor & Outdoor, 2002 Outdoor, 2003 Indoor, 2004 Indoor & Outdoor, 2005 Indoor & Outdoor, 2006 Indoor & Outdoor
*Missouri Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Coach of the Year, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
*U.S. Olympic Festival Coach, 1994- Sprint Coach
*MIAA Coach of the Year, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
*NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year, 1987- Men
*NCAA Division II Regional Coach of the Year, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
*NCAA Division II National Track & Field Coaches Association President, 1990-91
*Missouri Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee, 2002
Haines at Southeast
*18 NCAA Division II Final Four Tropies
*1 NCAA Division II National Indoor Track Championship
*1 NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championship
*4 NCAA Division II Runner-Up Trophies
*6 NCAA Division II Third Place Trophies
*6 NCAA Division II Fourth Place Trophies
*8 NCAA Division I All-Americans
*145 NCAA Division II All-Americans
*23 Individual NCAA Division II National Championships
*1 NCAA Division I National Champion, Rob Thomas, Indoor 500m- 1984