HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Director of Athletics, Bryan Hicks, has announced the hiring of Connell Maynor as the next head football coach at Alabama A&M University.

Maynor brings an extensive resume to Alabama A&M, with more than two decades of experience, both as 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.

Maynor comes to “The Hill” after spending four seasons as the head football coach at Hampton University. While at HU, Maynor led the Pirates to a 20-25 record. He guided the Pirates to two winning seasons, including a 6-5 record and a 5-3 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this past season.

Prior to his stint at HU, he posted a 45-6 overall record and a 29-2 mark in the CIAA as head coach at Winston- Salem State University from 2010-13. After inheriting a program that went 1-10, he led the Rams to three straight CIAA championships in four seasons; three straight appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs; two Super Region One titles; an NCAA Semifinal appearance in 2011; and an NCAA Division II National Championship appearance and runner-up title.

The Rams also captured the 2011 and 2012 HBCU National Football Championships.

Prior to his time at WSSU, Maynor spent 10 seasons at Fayetteville State University as both the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. He helped lead Fayetteville State to four CIAA title game appearances and three CIAA championships (2002, 2003, and 2009).

In addition to his collegiate coaching responsibilities, Maynor is a veteran of 12 years in the Arena Football League (AFL) and he served as the Offensive Coordinator for the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul from 2006-2008 and helped lead the Soul to the 2008 Arena Bowl XXII World Championship.

“I am really excited about the hiring of Coach Maynor. He is a proven winner and excellent coach, but more importantly, he is a great developer of young men,” Hicks said. “I would like to thank Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., Dr. Daniel Wims, the search committee and the Board of Trustees for their continued support of Alabama A&M Athletics.”

Maynor received a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Administration from North Carolina A&T State in 1995.

A press conference to introduce Coach Maynor will be held on Monday, January 22 at 10 a.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Complex on the campus of Alabama A&M University.

-Alabama A&M Sports Information

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