WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Winston-Salem State University football coach, Connell Maynor, announced his resignation as the Rams head football coach to accept the head coaching position at Hampton University at a press conference today at the Bowman Gray Field House in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Maynor just completed his fourth season as head coach at WSSU, going 45-6 during his tenure. His teams won two CIAA championships and made NCAA Division II playoff appearances three of those four years, including the 2012 Division II National Championship game.
"Coach Maynor's success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is his integrity, work ethic and character," said Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Donald J. Reaves. "He has been the perfect fit to lead us back into CIAA and to the national forefront of Division II football. With him as our coach, we have gone to three consecutive NCAA DII playoffs, including the national championship game in 2012, and we also secured the most wins in a season, in HBCU history. We are proud to have had him for the time we did and appreciate all he has brought to Rams football and to Winston-Salem State University. We certainly wish him and his family nothing but the best in this new endeavor."
"This is a bittersweet day for me as athletic director, but also a proud moment as his former coach and mentor. I can recall the day that his mother dropped him off at my office 27 years ago and entrusted me with his life", remarked Bill Hayes.
"From our time together here at WSSU and our time at NCA&T, I consider Connell Maynor to be one of my sons. When I had the opportunity to name a coach here at Winston-Salem State, I jumped at the chance to give him an opportunity because I knew his work ethic, dedication and football knowledge would make him successful. What he has been able to do in a short period of time for our university and our football program cannot be overshadowed because he has chosen to move on and advance his career", said Hayes. "I know everyone joins me in thanking Coach Maynor for all he did over the past four years. He is not only a great coach, but a great person and an asset to the community. We wish Connell, Meryl and Nicole the very best."
"I first want to thank our chancellor, Donald Julian Reaves, and his staff for hiring me, Bill (Hayes) and his staff for giving me an opportunity, and everyone from the provost to the athletic department for supporting me and my staff and the football program", said Connell Maynor. "They have given us what we needed to be successful both on and off the field, in the classroom and in study hall. I can't thank them enough."
"I also want to thank all of the players. I did not throw one pass, or make one tackle or kick any balls. Those players did. They are the ones that are 45-6. I always say if your X's are bigger than my O's then you aren't going to win a lot of games. We had great players here, great academics to offer those guys, and when you put those two together you get the successes that Winston-Salem State has had during my time."
"I also want to thank all our fans, alumni and friends of the program that supported me and this program and this university from day one", Maynor added. "We have the best fans in the CIAA or in Division II, period. Our fans follow us on the road very well. Probably 90% of the games since I have been here we had the most fan support, whether home or away. Our fans went to the National Championship game and stood on their feet and cheered for us the whole game when things were not going our way. That is something I will never, ever forget."
"I will be forever indebted to Winston-Salem State University. They have been great to me and my family for four years. That starts with the Chancellor, down to Coach Hayes and the athletic staff," said Maynor.
"We will start a national search for our next head football coach at Winston-Salem State and will work tirelessly to find the perfect fit to continue the ascension of WSSU Ram football", added Bill Hayes. "We will work through the holiday to get this process going to make sure we find the right person to lead our program."