During more than 25 years at the helm of the Bulldog football program, Mike Maynard has consistently established himself as one of the top small college coaches in the West Region, if not the entire nation.
Maynard's teams have posted an overall record of 197-89-1 (as of 2018), which includes a 148-36 mark in SCIAC play while winning 13 conference championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2013, 2016, and 2018). Maynard’s teams have consistently won at the conference level, with 25 of his 31 teams finishing first or second in the standings. He continues to build on the pride and tradition of Bulldog football, as highlighted by eight NCAA playoff appearances.
With impressive results in recruiting and developing his student-athletes, Maynard has coached multiple All-SCIAC honorees, SCIAC Athletes of the Year, All-Region selections, All-Americans, and academic standouts. Incredibly, over the past 31 graduating classes (as of 2018), Maynard’s graduation rate for all four-year players is 100%.
“Any measure of success we have enjoyed in Bulldog football is due to the incredible contributions of many of our tremendously talented assistant coaches, university administrators, and especially the student-athletes, whom I have been privileged to work alongside,” Maynard said. “Dr. Chris Walker has been a remarkable asset as a wisdom-mentor throughout my tenure at Redlands. Given our Campaign for Athletics, I know there is much success ahead for our Athletic Department. This is an exciting time to be a Redlands Bulldog.”
Maynard’s reach extends well beyond the Xs and Os of the football field. In 2018, he received the Award of Distinction from University of Redlands Town & Gown for his commitment to community service and excellence in coaching. Also in 2018, Maynard was selected for the President’s Award for Outstanding Sustainable Service by the Associated Students of the University of Redlands.
Additional honors and awards include:
- Inland Empire Sports Foundation Hall of Famer (2017)
- Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Administrator of the Year (2014)
- All-American Football Foundation’s Johnny Vaught Head Coach Award (2007)
- Inland Empire Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s Coach of the Year (2007)
- University of Redlands Bulldog Bench Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Famer (2005)
- University of Redlands’ Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Community Service (2003)
- University of Redlands Frank J. Rice Memorial Award for Community Service (1999)
- Coach of Danny Ragsdale, the 1999 Gagliardi Trophy winner for the NCAA Division III Player of the Year
- AFCA West Region Coach of the Year (1990)
Each June, Maynard and his staff direct a successful summer football camp series for high school football players, which brings more than 1500 prospective student-athletes to the Redlands campus. Participating schools include: Washington, UCLA, Oregon, Colorado, Washington State, Arizona State, Arizona, Utah, Utah State, Nebraska, San Diego State, UNLV, Montana, South Dakota, San Diego, and others.
Outside of coaching, Maynard serves on the faculty in the Department of Physical Education. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2001.
Maynard is the son Marvin “Bud” Maynard, who was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaching “Hall of Fame” in 1985.
Maynard earned a degree in Physical Education from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1980 and went on to obtain a master's degree in sports management from the US Sports Academy in 1984. This member of the AFCA serves on the Top-25 Ranking committee, the All-America Committee, and the AFCA Division III Management Council.
Maynard resides in Calimesa with Julie, his wife.