During the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, the NCHSAA website will feature information about African-Americans who have made major contributions to the great tradition of high school sports in our state. We hope you find these both entertaining and informative.
David Maynard enjoyed a great career in athletics, primarily in Burlington and Alamance County.
A graduate of Burlington’s Jordan Sellars Senior High, Maynard was a World War II veteran and then graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in 1950. After working as a teacher and coach at two different schools, including one in Virginia, he returned to Burlington in 1956 and enjoyed great success coaching at Jordan Sellars.
Maynard coached football, basketball, baseball and track during his tenure there. His track teams won 10 conference championships, while his basketball squads won four state championships and had four runner-up finishes in the old North Carolina High School Athletic Conference. The state titles came in 1958, ’60, ’62 and ’66.
He was a long-time member of the Burlington City Council, elected for six terms starting in 1977, and had also been very involved in other civic and church activities. He is a member of the Alamance County Sports Hall of Fame.
David died in July of 2009. He had been inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame six years earlier.