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Hampton job has Maynor ‘excited’
Division I challenge awaits Pirates coach
Published Thursday, December 26, 2013 8:22 am
by Bonitta Best, The Triangle Tribune

Connell Maynor is stepping up to Division I competition at  Hampton University. 

Connell Maynor (center) who went 45-6 at Division II Winston-Salem State with a national runner-up finish in 2012, has moved on to Division I Hampton.

Maynor, who left Division II Winston-Salem State last week, led the Rams for the past four years., with three CIAA championships, three NCAA Division II playoff appearances and a national runner-up title under his tenure. He replaces Donovan Rose.

Maynor, who also interviewed for the N.C. Central opening, led WSSU to a 45-6 overall record and 29-2 in the CIAA. The program had gone 1-10 the season prior to his arrival, but was in the process of return to Division II after a failed attempt at Division I reclassification.

“I am very excited about having a veteran winner at the helm of the Pirate football program,” Athletics Director Novelle Dickenson said. “I believe that Coach Maynor is very well poised and has the acumen to take the program in the right direction. Given his past success, we have great expectations for the future of Pirate football.”

The Rams also captured the 2011 and 2012 HBCU national championships. Maynor was twice voted CIAA Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012, Boxtorow HBCU 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.

“This  is a bittersweet day for me as athletic director but also a proud moment as his former coach and mentor,” Rams AD Bill Hayes said. “I can recall the day that his mother dropped him off at my office 27 years ago and entrusted me with his life.”

 Maynor brings more than two decades of football experience, both as a coach and as a player, in the intercollegiate and professional ranks. He has 13 championships under his belt: six as a player and seven as a coach.

“I am very excited to get on campus and meet the players, athletic staff and all of those who are associated with the program. I am also excited about getting out there on the recruiting trail so we can get Hampton back to its winning ways,” Maynor said. “I know that Hampton is not only known for having great athletic programs but also outstanding academics and that is something that I want to help that I ensure continues.”



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