Nebraska wrestling coach Mark Manning announced the hiring of Kendric Maple as an assistant coach for the Huskers.
“We’re extremely excited to have Kendric, (his wife) Jordin and (his son) Kiner join our program,” Manning said. “Kendric comes to us as a highly accomplished wrestler on the mat and a man of high character off the mat. He will be very impactful to our program and will add to the excellence that we have established here.”
Maple is a two-time U.S. Open Men’s Freestyle finalist (61 kg), winning the title in April 2017. He was also a finalist in the 61kg at the 2017 U.S. World Team Trials and is currently ranked No. 2 in the country at that weight. He was the runner-up in 2015, which qualified him for the U.S. Freestyle World Team Trials, where he finished in the top three to earn a spot on the 2015 U.S. World Team.
“I’m really excited to join the Nebraska wrestling program,” Maple said. “My family and I enjoyed our time at Purdue, but we are really excited for our future at Nebraska. I feel I’m ready for this opportunity and I can’t wait to begin working with the student-athletes.”
Maple comes to Nebraska after spending one year at Purdue as an assistant coach, where he helped lead three Boilermakers to the 2017 NCAA Championships.