Rene Haynes joined the Blue Devil women’s basketball program in 2014 and serves as an assistant coach.
Haynes, who spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at Western Michigan, reunited with McCallie after playing for Coach P from 2003-07 with Michigan State. She coaches the guards and assists Hernando Planells on the recruiting trail.
In her first year with the Blue Devils, Haynes helped land the No. 1 rated recruiting class in the nation with the signing of Angela Salvadores, Kyra Lambert, Crystal Primm, Haley Gorecki and Faith Suggs. She helped add McDonald’s All-America Leaonna Odom in 2017 as well.
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). 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 second team All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Defensive team (2007). Haynes capped 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 master’s in sport management from Western Michigan University.
Haynes is a 2017 inductee into the Greater Columbus Basketball Legends Hall of Fame.