Joanne P. McCallie announced Friday the hiring of Rene Haynes as assistant coach, effective immediately.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s basketball head coach
"We are thrilled to welcome Rene to our Duke family,” said McCallie. “Rene is a high-energy coach who truly enjoys all aspects of recruiting, while aspiring to become a head coach in the future. Her NCAA Final Four playing experience combined with her organizational and interpersonal skills separates her as one of the very brightest young coaches nationwide. I had the very good fortune of recruiting and coaching Rene throughout her career. I am so excited to be working with her once again. She is loyal, humble and has a contagious nature which makes all those around her better.”
Haynes, who spent the past two years as an assistant coach at Western Michigan, will reunite with McCallie after playing for Coach P from 2003-07 at Michigan State. She will help coach the guards and be a recruiting assistant alongside Blue Devil recruiting coordinator Hernando Planells. Haynes replaces Candice M. Jackson, after Jackson took the head coaching position at College of Charleston.
"I am humbled and honored to be a part of the Duke Family,” commented Haynes. “As a player, I learned a lot from Coach P and dared to dream big. Playing for her was an amazing experience, including our great journey to the national championship game in 2005. I have always admired her leadership, passion, dedication and values. She has been an influence in my passion for the game and the desire to coach. I am excited to share some of my same experiences with our talented student-athletes. I want every day of this amazing opportunity to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible."
At Western Michigan from 2012-14, Haynes assisted in recruiting, player development, equipment liaison and was the summer camps coordinator for the Broncos. She supported in all areas of recruiting, including unofficial and official visit scheduling and preparation. Haynes worked with the point guards, implementing individual and team workouts, to improve guard production.
In 2011-12, Haynes was a graduate assistant for Florida State University. There her administration responsibilities consisted of coordinating and directing community relations and outreach projects, managing and organizing team managers and assisting in preparation for unofficial and official visits. Coaching responsibilities consisted of participating in on-campus recruiting, aiding in workout preparation and scouting reports and the director of day camp.
Prior to becoming a graduate assistant at Florida State, Haynes was an assistant women's basketball high school coach for Africentric Early College and head coach for Berwick Alternative Middle School in Columbus, Ohio. There she provided on-floor coaching and individual instruction.
After her collegiate career, Haynes played professionally overseas for Pro Build Lions in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2007-08). There her team was Netherlands Cup Champions, while averaging 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. In 2008-09, Haynes played for the Catz of Lappeenranta, Finland, where her squad finished as League Champions (21-1 record) and tournament runner-up. In 2009-10, Haynes played for FoA in Forssa, Finland, where she was the third leading scorer in the country, averaging 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
During her time at Michigan State, she made the Big Ten All-Freshman team (2004). Under Coach P in 2005, her team was Big Ten Champions, Big Ten Tournament Champions and advanced to the NCAA Final Four. She was Big Ten Honorable mention in 2005 and in 2006 as the Spartans went to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Haynes was also part of the Big Ten Foreign Tour Team in 2006, where she played with fellow Big Ten players against teams in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. As a senior, Haynes made 2nd team All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Defensive team (2007). Haynes caped her career ranking third at Michigan State in steals (245), 16th in scoring (1000-point club), 10th in three-point field goals made and 13th in assists. As a captain, she was a member of the winningest senior class in school history with 103 victories.
A Columbus, Ohio, native, Haynes attended The Wellington School for high school. Haynes tallied 2,222 points and 430 steals in her high school career. She currently holds a Bachelor in Political Science from Michigan State University and a Masters in Sports management from Western Michigan University.