MTSU Associate AD for Equipment Operations Larry Maples was recently honored as the 2020 Jeff Boss District IV Equipment Manager of the Year, according the MTSU Athletics Communications. It marks the second time Maples has earned the award as he also was tabbed in 2017.
District IV consists of Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Maples, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is embarking on his sixth season with the Blue Raiders where he oversees all equipment operations while also being involved in facility upgrade projects.
In his facility role, Maples has led $1,225,000 in capital maintenance and upgrade projects. He helped steer new videoboards for baseball and softball ($525,000), new softball grandstands ($500,000) and an upgraded volleyball court ($200,000).
Maples made his way to Murfreesboro in 2016 after spending the previous year as a supply chain engineer for Mueller Industries. Maples, who is a member of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council, has also worked as an industrial engineer for Electrolux Home Cooking Products.
Maples, who is married to the former Carmen Merritt, earned his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee in Engineering Technologies (2013). The couple has a daughter, Chloe, who is 2 years old.
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