March 17, 2011
Men's Basketball: Haynes resigns as Panthers' head coach
Warren Haynes, Head Men's Basketball Coach for LaGrange College, has resigned. His last day on campus will be March 31. Haynes was 88-149 in nine seasons. He took the Panthers to the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament championship game the past two seasons and three times overall.
Haynes plans to take a position with his stepfather's international shipping business in Atlanta.
"It has been extremely hard for me to walk away from LaGrange College and basketball," he said. "If I didn't know this would be the wisest decision for my family, there would be no way I would do it. Ultimately, I have to do what is best for my wife, our son and our future."
President Dan McAlexander praised the coach's impact, both in and out of the gym.
"Warren Haynes has shown class on the court, and he holds his players to a high standard of character," Dr. McAlexander said. "That passion for excellence has carried over into how he has represented this college."
A native of Jasper, Tenn., Haynes came to LaGrange College in 1996 as a junior college transfer from Wallace State in Alabama. He played as a member of the team, and then was a graduate assistant and assistant coach before being named head coach in 2002. He and his wife, Brook, have a son, Harper, who is 3.
Athletic Director Phil Williamson commended Haynes on his commitment.
"Warren always went about his business in the same way: working hard at all times," he said. "We really appreciate his work ethic and dedication. You always knew, win or lose, that his teams were going to play hard every night.
"We wish Warren and his family the best in his new endeavors."