During more than 25 years at the helm of the Bulldog football program, Mike Maynard consistently establishes 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 winning percentage of .687 (as of 2014), which includes an impressive .796 mark in SCIAC play while winning championships in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, and again in 2013. Maynard continues to build on the pride and tradition of Bulldog football, including seven NCAA play-off appearances. During his tenure, he has coached multiple All-Americans, All-SCIAC honorees, and academic stand-outs.
Maynard received his first head coaching job at Redlands in 1988 after a successful stint as defensive coordinator at conference rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. He was faced with the daunting challenge of turning around a team that had managed only a 1-17 record over the previous two years. He quickly showed his talents by breaking a seven-year drought of losing seasons and guiding the Bulldogs to a 5-4 overall record. The improvement continued in 1989 as Maynard’s team made a strong push for the SCIAC title with a 4-2 finish in conference competition.
In 1990, the Bulldogs moved their game to the next level by earning their first SCIAC title in 10 years and enjoying their first-ever NCAA post-season play-off berth, along with a top-20 national ranking. On the merits of this remarkable season, Maynard was named 1990 West Region Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The 1991 and 1992 seasons saw the Bulldogs repeat as SCIAC champions with solid 7-2 and 8-2 overall records, with a return trip to the post-season in 1992.
During the spring of 2005, Maynard was inducted into the Bulldog Bench Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame at the University of Redlands. In addition, he earned the prestigious University of Redlands Frank J. Rice Memorial Award for Community Service in 1999. The All-American Football Foundation honored Maynard with the Johnny Vaught Head Coach Award in 2007. Just two years later, he was voted the “top athlete to ever grace the halls of Farmer City High School.” In the Spring of 2014, the Redlands chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) named Maynard as the Administrator of the Year in the inaugural presentation of the campus’ award.
Maynard earned a degree in Physical Education from Illinois Wesleyan in 1980 and went on to obtain a master’s degree in sports management at the US Sports Academy in 1981. He is a member of the AFCA, and serves on the Top-25 Ranking committee, AFCA Division III Management Council, and the NCAA Football Committee.
Maynard resides in Yucaipa with his wife, Julie.