Former Real Salt Lake and U.S. under-17 coach John Ellinger has been hired to head the team's academy and player development programs, according to a source, who didn't know what Ellinger's title will be or if he'll share some of the duties with Hyndman. Ellinger has also joined the first-team coaching staff as an assistant coach, joining interim head coach Marco Feruzzi and goalkeeper coach Drew Keeshan.
In the latest search, Hitchcock officially narrowed his final three choices to ex-Fire head coach Dave Sarachan, former Dallas assistant coach Oscar Pareja and Hyndman, but the Hunts' previous endorsement of Hyndman, despite his public denials of discussions with FCD, rendered the other candidates' credentials moot. Clark Hunt played for Hyndman at SMU in the first few years of his coaching stint at the school.
Hyndman, 58, has coached at SMU since 1984 and reached the NCAA playoffs each season except for 1993. Four times the Mustangs reached the final four while coached by Hyndman but never did they win the national title.
Ellinger, 56, had been hired last year by U.S. Youth Soccer as its technical director. Prior to taking the Salt Lake job in October 2004, he coached the U.S. under-17s for seven years and also headed up player development at the Bradenton, Fla., academy. RSL fired him last season and replaced him with Jason Kreis. His MLS record at RSL was 15-37-16.
FC Dallas dismissed Steve Morrow as head coach last month. He had been hired in December 2006 at the insistence of president and general manager Michael Hitchcock, whose preference persuaded team executives Clark Hunt and Dan Hunt to agree even though Hyndman was their first choice among the finalists. A 5-1 pasting by the Galaxy at home triggered his departure with a record of 15-15-8 as head coach.
FC Dallas is holding a press conference Tuesday to present Hyndman as its new head coach. An announcement regarding Ellinger is expected in the next one or two days.