Charlotte, NC - JWU Men's Soccer Coach Matt Payne has announced Christopher Haynes as the first signing of the 2020 recruiting class.
Haynes is a winger/forward from Mount Pleasant, SC where he plays for Andre Berenzon at Oceanside Collegiate Academy, the riegning 2A SCHSA State Champions. In 2017 he received the "Hard Hat Award" as the hardest working player in the program. Haynes plays his club soccer for Cainhoy AC. He has also represented South Carolina in the Olympic Development Program.
Chris is the son of Stephanie and Scott Haynes. An Honor Roll student, Chris has a 4.7 GPA, is ranked 17th in his class, and is a recipient of the Palmetto Scholars Scholarship. He plans to major in Sports, Entertainment, Event --Management at Johnson & Wales.
"I absolutely love the area of Charlotte. The city is like no other I've ever been to. The programs at JWU Charlotte succeed at one of the greatest employment rates after college I've seen in a school," replied Haynes when asked why he chose JWU Charlotte. "They had a fantastic program for my major of Sports Entertainment and Event Management. Lastly, and most importantly, Coach Payne and his amazing hospitality was a huge driving force behind my decision to enroll and continue my athletic career at this fine school."
Haynes was also a standout on the American football field, where he was a distinguished kicker for OCA. He garnered college offers to kick thanks to breaking every kicking record at OCA in his two years as kicker. He holds records for career points, field goals made, longest field goal, most PATs, and his 68 consecutive PATs converted is second best in state history. He was the OCA Special teams Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. He was also recognized as All-Region Special Teams (2019) and All-Lowcountry Special Teams (2019).
"Chris is a special young man from a special family. I've really enjoyed getting to know him over the past year," reflected Payne on the signing. "He's an excellent student, and a hard-working and dedicated player. He's already a great soccer player, but with his work ethic and attitude, the sky's the limit. We are excited to welcome him to the Wildcat family."