Mac McConnell is the longest tenured R-MC football staff member as he is entering his 16th season. McConnell works with the running backs for the Yellow Jackets.
During the 2016 season, McConnell helped sophomore Tre Frederick lead ODAC with 1,387 rushing yards, 138.7 yards on the ground per game and 11 rushing touchdowns. Frederick was named the J. Stokeley Fulton Offensive Player of the Year in the ODAC. The Yellow Jackets were first in the conference in time of possession (35:21) and second in the league with 215.6 rushing yards per contest. R-MC also topped the ODAC in Red Zone Offense, scoring on 85% of its chances (45 of 53). The Yellow Jackets had 26 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing TDs, along with nine field goals.
R-MC was second in the ODAC in rushing offense in 2015 with 214.6 yards per game. The Yellow Jackets also topped the league in time of possession (33:19). Senior John Byrd was third in the conference with 94.3 yards per game on the ground. Byrd was voted to the All-ODAC Second Team.
McConnell mentored John Byrd during the 2014 campaign as the junior running back rushed for 1,162 yards, the 11th 1,000-yard season in program history and fifth in the past eight years. Byrd was second in the ODAC in rushing and third in all-purpose yardage with 133.2 yards per game. Byrd was Second Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-State in 2014.
In 2013, McConnell helped R-MC finish first in the ODAC in time of possession (33:51) and Red Zone Offense Efficiency (.872), while placing second in rushing offense (221.9 ypg) and scoring offense (31.3 ppg).
For 25 years prior to his arrival at Randolph-Macon, McConnell was the head coach at Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville, Va., just minutes from the Randolph-Macon campus. His career record with the Confederates was 162-97-4 (62.4%).
McConnell started coaching at Lee-Davis in 1972, and became the defensive coordinator in 1973. He took over as head coach in 1977. In the 1990s, McConnell led his team to five conference championships and seven regional tournament appearances. His 1995 squad went undefeated en route to a Central Region title.
A 1968 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, McConnell was a defensive corner on the Tigers football team. He and his wife, Ann, have two children, Brett and Kim, as well as six grandchildren.