It looks like Connell Maynor’s long-rumored departure from Winston-Salem State is finally a reality. Greensboro’s WGHP reported Tuesday morning that Maynor was leaving WSSU after a successful four year run at the Division II school.
Per the Winston-Salem Journal’s John Dell, Maynor is headed to Hampton. Hampton confirmed the Maynor’s hire via news release. Sources say his new contract is worth $250,000 per year.
“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 in a Hampton University release. “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. I want to continue that Standard of Excellence that Hampton is and has always been known for so I am ready to get things going,” said Maynor.
Maynor’s departure comes on the heels of another successful season at Winston-Salem State in which WSSU went 10-2, making its third-consecutive playoff appearance. Overall, Maynor went 45-6 in four seasons at WSSU, leading the program to back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2011 and 2012. Both seasons resulted in CIAA football titles and playoff runs that extended into December. WSSU made it all the way to the 2012 NCAA Division II Championship Game where it fell short against a talented and powerful Valdosta State program.
Not a bad stint for a first-time head coach.
Prior to his time at WSSU, Connell Maynor spent 10 seasons at Fayetteville State University as a member of the Broncos’ award-winning football staff, most recently serving as both the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He helped lead Fayetteville State to four CIAA title game appearances and three CIAA championships (2002, 2003, and 2009).
Maynor led both Winston-Salem State (1987) and North Carolina A&T (1991) to championships as a quarterback before going on to a decade long pro career in the Arena League.
Editor’s Note: Maynor wasn’t able to duplicate his WSSU success at Division II in Hampton, compiling a 20-25 record before being out following the 2017 season.