Sonny Maynard

Sonny MaynardAdministrator/Coach • Inducted 1992

Few men have had as great an impact on amateur baseball as Sonny Maynard, who directed the Cavaliers baseball program to the forefront of collegiate baseball in not only the Jayhawk Conference, but nationwide. The first coach in JCCC baseball history, Maynard logged 504 victories in 14 years as the Cavaliers skipper, an average of 36 wins per season. Five of his 14 seasons he led JCCC to 40 or more wins, including a school record 48 in 1985. He finished with a career-winning percentage of .741, and never finished with a percentage below .600. Maynard also piled up championships, amassing seven East Jayhawk Conference titles, four Eastern Sub-Region titles, three Region VI titles and five national rankings. Nineteen of his players were drafted by professional baseball teams, and he tutored five All-Americans and 36 All-Region VI performers. In the summer of 1980, Maynard was selected by the United States Baseball Federation as one of the coaches for the Japan-USA All Star Series. The USA team lost the first game, but won six straight for the championship.

Maynard stepped in to run the women’s basketball program in 1986, and generated the largest turnaround in Jayhawk Conference history. He took a team that went 0-26 prior to his arrival to 22-10 and a second-place finish in the conference. His second year he led JCCC to school record 25-7 and another runner-up finish in the conference. He also coached All-American Lisa Kirby, one of the top scorers in NJCAA history, and All-American Melissa Grider. After the 1988 season he stepped down, but returned for the 1991-92 campaign. In all, Maynard coached six all-region and 10 all-conference performers and two All-Americans while posting a .728 winning percentage.