HAMPTON (WAVY) — Coming off of a 3-9 season, Hampton Pirates coach Connell Maynor is back on the field for his second season as he continues to rebuild his team.
“We got a full recruiting class in, more bodies, more depth,” Maynor said. “Hopefully we can stop teams for 4 quarters in stead of 2 or 3 like we did last year.”
The defense is a big emphasis. Coach Maynor made it an off season priority and he’s expecting improvement.
“We weren’t very good on defense, that’s no secret, hopefully we addressed that, we feel good right now, but every coach in America feels good, so we’ve got to wait until September 5th.”
That’s when the Pirates open the season against Eastern Kentucky, and under center, former University of Virginia quarterback David Watford who also went to Hampton high school.
“It’s good to be back home, back in the environment I grew up in back around my family,” Watford said. “I’m feeling a warm welcome back and I’m excited to be here.”
“He’s doing a good job of running the offense,” said Maynor. “He’s a big time player from a D-1 program, he brings leadership and athletic ability to the team and he’s doing a great job leading these guys.”
Hampton was picked to finish 6th in the 11-team MEAC, and coach Maynor hopes his rebuilding process is ahead of schedule.
“Normally it will take you a good 4 years, hopefully we can get a little ahead of that schedule,” Maynor said. “If we can get ahead of that schedule, we sure would love that and compete this year.”