Winston-Salem State Names Connell Maynor Head Football Coach

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Connell Maynor, a veteran with more than 20 years of football experience both as a player and coach, has been named the ninth head football coach at Winston-Salem State University. 


Maynor’s experience has been as a coach and as a player in the intercollegiate and professional ranks.  He has been part of 10 championship teams, six as a player and four as a coach.  Most recently Maynor was the offensive architect of the 2009 CIAA Champion Fayetteville State University Broncos offense, serving as both Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach.


Maynor, a former standout football student-athlete at both Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina A&T State University, was introduced as the Rams’ head coach at 9:30 a.m. in a press conference in the Richardson Hospitality Room of the WSSU Bowman Gray Fieldhouse. 


“I am extremely pleased that Connell Maynor has accepted our offer to become Winston-Salem State’s head football coach,” said Chancellor Donald J. Reaves.  “I am also delighted that we were able to move the selection process so quickly since time is, of course, of the essence for our recruiting and planning for the 2010 season.  Now, we will be able to start the new year with Bill Hayes as our athletic director and Connell Maynor heading up our football program” Reaves added.


An eight-person search committee, led by search committee chair, Dr. Dennis Felder was charged with the responsibility of filling WSSU’s football coaching vacancy from a pool of more than 75 applicants representing 17 states.


“Undertaking this process of being chair of the search committee for our head football coach search, and having been given the directive of needing to have a coach in place by January 1, was a challenge, Felder said.  “However, with the outstanding search committee we assembled, the goal was accomplished.  As the head of the search committee I can unequivocally say that we are welcoming the most qualified candidate for our head coaching vacancy and the person who is certainly the best fit to represent our university and lead our football program.”


Maynor spent the last 10 seasons as a member of the Fayetteville State University 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).  His offensive unit produced two All-CIAA quarterback selections (2002 and 2003) and ranked first in the CIAA in rushing offense, total offense and scoring in 2008 en route to a 13th-place national ranking in scoring offense and a 39th-place national ranking in total offense in Division II in 2008.


In addition to his collegiate coaching responsibilities, Maynor served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul from 2006-2008 and helped lead the Soul to the 2008 Arena Bowl World Championship.  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.  He was the starting quarterback for the Rams’ 1987 CIAA championship football team under then-head coach and incoming WSSU Director of Athletics William “Bill” Hayes and was named to the All-CIAA team as a freshman.


After following Hayes to North Carolina A&T State University, Maynor was named First-Team All-MEAC in both 1990 and 1991.  He was also named the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, was honored as the 100% Wrong Club Player of the Year in both 1990 and 1991, and help lead 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.


Maynor’s athletic prowess extends not only to intercollegiate and professional football but earned him two appearances in major motion pictures as he appeared in Warner Bros. Pictures “Any Given Sunday” and Buena Vista Pictures “Remember the Titans”.


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.


“This will be a homecoming for Connell Maynor as he returns to the place where he got his start in intercollegiate athletics” WSSU Incoming Director of Athletics, William “Bill” Hayes said.  “Winston-Salem State University welcomes home one of its own family members with ties not only to the city of Winston-Salem and the region, but with strong ties to the great history of this University and its athletic program”. 


“I am delighted to welcome Connell and his family back to the WSSU family and I am confident that he will continue to build on the foundation of success that he has demonstrated both as a player and a coach over the course of his 20-year career,” Hayes added.  “I am certain he is the person who will help to lead us back to the greatness of our past here at WSSU as he builds the successes of our future.” 


A 1995 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a bachelor of arts in Recreation Administration, Maynor is currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke where he is pursuing a master of arts in physical education with and anticipated graduation date in 2012.