|College:||North Carolina A&T State (1995)|
|Alma Mater:||North Carolina A&T State (1995)|
WSSU Head Football Coach
Fourth Season at WSSU
Alma Mater - North Carolina A&T State University '95
Connell Maynor, a veteran of 20+ years of football experience both as a player and coach - and most recently as the offensive architect of the back to back HBCU National titles at Winston-Salem State, was named the eighth head football coach of the WSSU Rams program on Dec. 15, 2009.
Maynor, a former standout football student-athlete at both Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina A&T State University was selected from a talented pool of more than 75 applicants representing 17 states in the Rams’ national search to find a head coach to lead WSSU’s historic football program.
Maynor brings more than two decades of football experience both as a coach and as a player in the intercollegiate and professional ranks and is the proud owner of 10 championships, six as a player and four as a coach.
Maynor comes to WSSU by way of Fayetteville State University where he spent 10 seasons as a member of the Broncos’ award-winning football staff, most recently serving as both the Quarterbacks Coach and Offensive Coordinator where he helped to lead FSU to four CIAA title game appearances and three CIAA Championships (2002, 2003 and 2009).
In addition to his collegiate coaching responsibilities, Maynor served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul from 2006-2008 where he helped to lead the Soul to the Arena Bowl XXII World Championship in 2008.
Under his leadership the Soul ranked first in scoring offense (62 ppg), touchdowns (132), touchdown passes (102) and red zone efficiency (85 percent) in 2008 en route to an Arena Bowl title.
Maynor’s successes come not only as a coach but as a player as he has earned six championships as an athlete.
The starting quarterback for the Rams’ 1987 CIAA championship football team under then-head coach and current-WSSU Director of Athletics William “Bill” Hayes, Maynor was named to the All-CIAA team as a freshman after passing for 1,071 yards.
After following Hayes to North Carolina A&T State University, Maynor was named First-Team All-MEAC in both 1990 and 1991. In addition to All-MEAC honors Maynor was named the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year and was honored as the 100% Wrong Club Player of the Year in both 1990 and 1991 en route to leading the Aggies to the 1991 MEAC Championship.
A veteran of 12 years in the Arena Football League (AFL) Maynor is a four-time AFL World Champion having led the Tampa Bay Storm to the 1993 and 1994 World Championships in addition to quarterbacking the Orlando Predators to the 1998 and 2000 World Championship titles. For his effort, Maynor was named the Arena Bowl Most Valuable Player in 2000.
A veteran of both the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Maynor has extensive experience at the both the Division I and Division II levels and has demonstrated extensive recruiting acumen which will immediately help him at Winston-Salem State University as he prepares to lead the Rams’ back to glory.
In his three seasons at Winston-Salem State Maynor has led the Rams to a 35-4 overall record and a 22-2 CIAA record. He has led the Rams to back to back CIAA Championships; back to back appearances in the NCAA DII playoffs; back to back Super Region One Titles; a NCAA Semi-Final appearance in 2011; and a NCAA DII National Championship appearance and runner-up title. The Rams also captured the 2011 and 2012 HBCU National Football Championships.
He has been chosen in back to back years as CIAA Coach of the Year, Boxtorow HBCU Coach of the Year, Pigskin Club of Washington, D. C. CIAA Coach of the Year, Black College Sports Page BAAD Team Coach of the Year and Don Hansen Football Gazette Super Region One Coach of the Year. He was named the 2011 Sheridan Broadcasting National HBCU Coach of the Year.