Kendric Maple, a champion on the national and conference level, joined the Purdue wrestling staff as an assistant coach in August 2016.
Maple is a two-time U.S. Open Men's Freestyle National Championships finalist at 61 kg, winning it all in April 2017 while wrestling in his first tournament in nearly two years. He was the runner-up in 2015, earning a bid to the 2015 U.S. Freestyle World Team Trials. Maple wrestled his way into the Challenge Tournament finals, but fell just short of advancing to the best-of-three championship finals. The top-three finish however earned him a spot on the 2015 U.S. World Team.
Maple came to Purdue after a two-year stint as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma. During his two seasons, Maple had the opportunity to coach his former teammate and friend Cody Brewer to the 133-pound title at the 2015 NCAA Championships. He also coached Brewer to his fourth All-America honor in 2016 with a third-place showing at 133. Brewer also claimed back-to-back Big 12 Conference titles with Maple on the coaching staff. Additionally, Maple coached Ryan Millhof in a Big 12 title run and All-America finish at 125 pounds in 2016.
Wrestling for the Sooners from 2009 to 2014, Maple became one of the most successful grapplers in program history. The three-time All-American owned a 127-25 (.836) career record, with his 127 wins ranking sixth all-time at Oklahoma.
The pinnacle of Maple's career in Norman came with a 31-0 campaign and the 141-pound NCAA title as a redshirt junior. Over 60 percent of his wins from the 2012-13 season were with bonus points (8 MD, 4 TF, 7 F), including a pair of major decisions and a pin at the NCAA Championships.
As a redshirt senior in 2014, Maple bumped up to 149 pounds and became the Sooners' 25th three-time All-American with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. His earned his first All-America status by taking fourth at 141 pounds in 2012.
Not only was Maple decorated on the national scene, but also in the Big 12 Conference. He captured and defended the 141-pound title in 2012 and 2013, respectively, before taking top honors at 149 in 2014.
His success was not limited to the mat. Maple excelled in the classroom earning NWCA Division I All-Academic Team accolades three times (2012, 2013, 2014), twice was named Academic All-Big 12 first team (2013, 2014) and was an Academic All-Big 12 second-team selection in 2012.
In his final season, Maple was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I At-Large Team and was awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the Big 12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship.
The Wichita, Kansas, native, obtained his Master of Education in adult and higher education, with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletic administration, from Oklahoma in May 2015. He received a bachelor's degree in heath and exercise science in May 2013. He and his wife, Jordin, have a son, Kiner.