FC Dallas is preparing to hire SMU head coach Schellas Hyndman as head coach and technical director, Buzz Carrick at 3rddegree.net reported on Saturday.
According to Carrick, Hunt Sports Group, owners of FC Dallas, is set to hire Hyndman, who the club had considered a favorite for the position back when it hired Steve Morrow as head coach following the 2006 season.
Hyndman has spent 24 years as head coach of perennial national power SMU, where he has developed a reputation as a strong tactician and unmatched recruiter.
What’s my take? I think the idea of handing those two jobs to a coach with no professional coaching experience is shockingly misguided. Also, for all of Hyndman’s success on the college level there are question marks, such as the fact that despite being the only Division I program in talent-rich Texas, SMU has never played for, let alone won, an NCAA Championship.
There are two coaches who have succeeded in making the direct transition from college head coach to MLS head coach are Bruce Arena (with D.C. United) and Sigi Schmid (with the Los Angeles Galaxy). While these two coaches certainly make an argument for Hyndman possibly doing well in MLS, it should be noted that these successes took play eight years ago. Also, both Arena and Schmid actually won national championships on the college level
Throw in the fact that FC Dallas is ready to give Hyndman the title of technical director as well and this appointment could be a disaster.
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