Jan. 14, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- The old adage says that there is no offseason. That has never been more true for Winston-Salem State University head football coach Connell Maynor. Officially assuming his position at the head of the Rams' football program on Jan. 1, Maynor has wasted no time in assembling his coaching staff, something he completed on Thursday afternoon.
"We are ready to go and we will hit the ground running" Maynor commented. "I feel that I have the best coaching staff in not only the conference, but in all of Division II football. The coaches on this staff have a wealth of coaching experience with over 125 years of combined coaching experience and over 30 total championships" he added.
Maynor's inaugural coaching staff at WSSU will boast a talent pool nine coaches strong as he has surrounded himself with eight highly-decorated coaching professionals who are not only leaders and teachers on the field but off the field in the areas of academic and personal development and community service.
Joining Maynor, who will serve as his own Offensive Coordinator and call his own plays, on the offensive side of the football is John Eder, a coach with more than 30 years of coaching experience. Eder comes to WSSU following 10 record-setting seasons at Fayetteville State University where he led the Broncos to three CIAA titles.
Eder will serve as the Rams' Assistant Head Coach and will focus on cultivating WSSU's offensive line. In addition to his on-field responsibilities, Eder will serve as the Rams recruiting coordinator and will be responsible for all aspects of the Rams' academic monitoring programs.
Keith Wagner will serve as the Rams running backs coach and will also serve as the strength and conditioning coordinator. The consummate professional, Wagner has more than 20 years of playing and coaching experience both at the intercollegiate and professional levels.
Wagner, a standout at Texas Christian University and Abilene Christian University as well as in NFL Europe and the National Football League, Wagner comes to WSSU following a season in which he helped to lead ACU to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs.
Staying on the offensive side of the ball, Duane Taylor will coach the Rams' wide receivers. A four-year letterman at Fayetteville State University where he set 25 school records as quarterback of the Broncos back-to-back CIAA championship teams, Taylor will focus his expertise on the WSSU wideouts.
Maynor's defensive coaching staff is an impressive unit that showcases an influx of new talent and boasts a pair of familiar faces.
Kienus P. Boulware joins the coaching staff as Defensive Coordinator and will rely heavily upon more than 10 years of college coaching experience as he assumes control over a defensive unit that has been the strength of WSSU's program for the past five seasons.
Boulware joins the Rams after a long and fruitful career at Shaw University where he spent the last four seasons as well as accumulating years of service at both North Carolina Central University and Livingstone College.
An exceptional coach, Boulware was the proud architect of the top defensive unit in the nation as both his 2007 and 2008 defenses led the nation in total defense and scoring defense.
Both Ketchum and Downing will head into their sixth season with the Rams as Maynor has retained the services of both coaches.
Ketchum will serve as the defensive line coach where he will continue to develop the skills of one of the most talented defensive fronts in the nation. A man with over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, 15 years as a college head coach, is a masterful talent developer with a keen eye for detail. Under his tutelage, the Rams' defense has become the cornerstone of the WSSU program.
Also returning to the staff is Kevin Downing who, like Ketchum, returns for his sixth season with the Rams. A tireless worker and recruiter, Downing will focus his efforts on the safeties and will assist recruiting coordinator John Eder as the assistant recruiting coordinator, a position that he has occupied for the last five seasons.
Richard Hayes will join the Rams' coaching staff for his first season as the Rams' cornerbacks coach. A coach with over a decade of coaching experience, and a former standout defensive back on back-to-back MEAC championship teams while a student-athlete at North Carolina A&T State, Hayes will focus on strengthening the Rams' defensive backfield.
Charles Nieves will round out Maynor's coaching staff as he comes on board as the Rams' graduate assistant coach. A three-year letterman and a two-year starter at Fayetteville State as well as a one-year starter at UNC-Pembroke, Nieves will focus his efforts on all areas of the Rams' program as a graduate assistant. Currently enrolled in a M.S. program at Georgia State University, he will finish his studies in May of 2010.
"We are looking forward to the upcoming season and we are already hard at work. We have begun evaluating talent and preparing for the season, and we have continued our ongoing recruiting efforts as we continuously strive to bring the best talent and best people to this fine university" Maynor said.
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