Coach Michael Haynes studied at Fordham University in New York City, where he played for the college team Rams in the Atlantic 10 Conference of the NCAA. Haynes was a two-time team captain, leading the team in both scoring, with an 18.6 ppg average, and rebounding, averaging 7.4 rpg, as a senior in 2003-04. The 2004 Third Team All-Atlantic 10 and Second Team All-Metropolitan selection was ranked among the Atlantic 10 leader in both categories that year, finishing fifth in scoring and eighth in rebounding. He was one of only two players to be ranked among the top ten in the conference in scoring and rebounding and he also shot 37.0% from three-point range, seventh best in the A-10. Haynes dished out 58 assists and blocked 22 shots; second best on the team, while also recording 20 steals.
Haynes, who was drafted in the second round of the USBL draft by the Westchester Wildfire, saved his best for last as a senior, scoring in double figures in 26 of his 27 games on the year, including nine 20-point games and three 30-point games, including a career-high 36 points against St. Bonaventure. He became the first Fordham player since Andre McClendon in 1989-90 to have three 30-point games in a season and the 36 point output against St. Bonaventure was the most scored by a Ram since Joe Paterno netted 37 against Manhattan in 1990. For his career, Haynes amassed 1,228 points which places him 17th on Fordham’s all-time scoring list. Following his standout career at Fordham, he went on to play overseas in Israel, Spain, Poland, France and Germany. Before the season he was drafted in the fourth round of the NBA D-League Draft.