Whether it be the NAIA, Division II, or Division I, no matter where his programs competed for titles during his 38-year head coaching career, one aspect remained constant for Joey Haines: he produced winning student-athletes and winning teams.
He retired from coaching in 2008 to conclude a 26-year tenure at Southeast Missouri. Prior to arriving at SEMO he previously served as the head coach for both men and women at Austin Peay from 1978-82 and his alma mater Lipscomb from 1971-78 – where his coaching career began as an assistant in 1969-70.
The time in between was filled with nearly four decades of teams and student-athletes that achieved at the highest levels. Haines’ Southeast Missouri squads of the mid-eighties through the early nineties – when the school still competed at the Division II level – were particularly successful. At the conference level, his men’s and women’s teams combined for 24 MIAA titles during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Haines led his men’s team to the 1985 NCAA Division II indoor team title in the meet’s inaugural season, and would finish runner-up in 1991 in SEMO’s final year in Division II. All-told, his men’s team recorded five top-four indoor finishes and a pair of national runner-up showings at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Champions while claiming 17 individual titles between the two seasons.
Additionally, he coached an NAIA champion in Jim Bloomingburg in 1976 at 440 yards during his time at Lipscomb.
His women’s teams were equally successful on the national level with three finishes among the top four teams indoors and a fourth-place finish outdoors in 1991, powered by 10 national champions along the way.
Though Southeast Missouri stepped up from Division II to Division I and the Ohio Valley Conference in the early nineties, Haines’ teams kept achieving. His men’s teams have won six OVC titles between indoor and outdoor since 1995 with more than 100 conference champions – including a national indoor champion at 500 meters in 1994 – while his women’s program has racked up 14 OVC team crowns with another 100-plus conference champs.
Of those more than 200 combined conference titles, 17 have come in the javelin, the event in which Haines specialized while a student-athlete competing at Lipscomb in the sixties.
Beyond his collegiate accomplishments – which have earned him numerous honors including National Men’s Coach of the Year in 1987 among many others – he was named the U.S. Olympic Festival sprints coach in 1994 and was inducted into the Missouri Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.