Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Head Coach
John Hynes is in his fourth season as head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Over the past three seasons, Hynes has led WBS to a 144-76-4-8 overall record, three Calder Cup playoff berths, three 40-win seasons and the 2011 AHL regular-season championship while being named the 2011 AHL Coach of the Year.
Hynes, 38, recorded his 100th win on April 6 versus Hershey, doing so in just 152 games, becoming the fastest in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history to accomplish this feat and second-fastest ever in the AHL.
Hynes led the Penguins to one of the most dramatic comebacks in AHL history during the 2013 playoffs. Trailing 3-0 in the series to the Providence Bruins, WBS ran off four-straight victories to win the series in seven games and advance to the East Final. The Penguins became just the third team in AHL history to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win a series. During the ‘12-13 regular season, Hynes’ squad allowed the fewest goals (178) in the AHL - the second time the team has done so in his three years behind the bench.
Hynes enjoyed a remarkable first season as head coach in 2010-11. Despite playing with a depleted lineup due to call-ups to Pittsburgh, which suffered 350 man-games lost, Hynes coached WBS to an impressive 58-21-0-1 record, leading the franchise to its first-ever Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions and also claiming the Frank Mathers Trophy as East Division regular-season champions. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 58 wins are the second most in AHL history. For his efforts, Hynes was named as a co-coach for the Western Conference All-Star Squad at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA and won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Coach.
Hynes served as an assistant coach in WBS in 2009-10, his first year with the Penguins organization, working under current Pittsburgh assistant coach Todd Reirden and helping the team to the postseason.
Prior to joining WBS, Hynes spent six seasons as a head coach with USA Hockey’s National Development Team Program, posting an overall record of 216-113-19-9. In 2007, he was a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Committee Development Coach of the Year.
Hynes has enjoyed great success on the international stage, leading the U.S. Under-18 National Team to three medals at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships - gold in 2006, silver in ‘04 and bronze in ‘08.
The native of Warwick, RI was head coach of the U.S. National Team at the 2008 World Junior Championships, and was an assistant coach on the ‘04 U.S. team that won a gold medal at the World Junior event.
Hynes began his coaching career as a graduate assistant to legendary Jack Parker at his alma mater, Boston University. He was also an assistant at UMass-Lowell and the University of Wisconsin before joining USA Hockey’s development program.
Hynes played four seasons at Boston University and helped the Terriers win the 1995 NCAA national championship.
John and his wife, Sarah, have three daughters.