Tim Maypray, a running backs coach for the Davidson College football team, passed away on January 15th, 2019. Photo courtesy Davidson College Football Facebook page.

Savanna Vest ’22

Staff writer

Tim Maypray, a coach of the Davidson College Football Team, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at the age of 30. A beloved member of the team’s coaching staff, Maypray was known for supporting players on and off the field in his role as the running backs’ coach.

Maypray’s passion for football blossomed when he was still in high school while attending Randolph-Macon Academy, a military academy in Front Royal, Virginia. 

His commitment to the sport expanded when he joined the Virginia Military Institute’s (VMI) football team, where he played a number of positions, including wide receiver and running back. During his four collegiate years, he obtained recognitions such as 2006 Big South Freshman of the Year and 2009 Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year.

Maypray went on to play professional football with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. He then returned to VMI, this time as an assistant coach. During his three years at his alma mater, Maypray became friends with Head Coach Scott Abell of Davidson’s football team, and Abell recruited Maypray to join Davidson for the fall 2018 season.

Though he only worked with Davidson Football for a short period of time, Maypray’s impact on the team’s progress and spirit did not go unnoticed.

“I was so excited when Tim accepted the offer to join our staff at Davidson,” Abell said. “For a while I wanted to be in a situation to hire him, and Davidson provided that opportunity.  He was a passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable coach.  Most importantly though, he really cared about those he worked with and those he coached.  He made everyone around him better.”

“Coach Maypray was such a jovial individual with seemingly boundless energy,” said Athletic Director Chris Clunie ‘06. “Even only knowing him for less than a year, it was clearly evident how much he cared for his players, his coaching colleagues and his family. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten.”

Those who interacted with Maypray on a daily basis always appreciated his energetic and upbeat disposition.

“He was a stranger to no one. Tim loved what he did and he showed everyday.  His smile and energy were felt immediately every time he walked in a room, dining hall, training room or gym,” Abell said.

Eldina Kučević ‘20 interacted with Maypray often while working the desk at Baker Sports Complex. She remembers a marked difference with the new 2018 football staff’s demeanor: younger, friendly, and eager.

“Coach Maypray stood out in particular, always saying ‘hi,’ asking us about our day, and sarcastically introducing himself as the new football coach every time he walked in, even though he had already introduced himself to us several times,” noting the interactions always made her and her coworkers laugh.

Members of the team remember Maypray for his positive impact on the Davidson community through his enthusiastic energy that he brought to the campus.

“Coach Maypray’s infectious attitude made it nearly impossible for everyone he interacted with to not smile,” said Pat Tabor ‘21, a running back who had Maypray as a position coach. “He had a large personality that made the entire community brighter, and it was a blessing to know him.”

Coach Maypray consulting a colleague during a Davidson Football game this Fall. Photo courtesy of Davidson Football.

“He was a joy to work with. He always brought lots of energy to whatever we were doing and always did it with a smile,” said Cameron Clark ‘22, a slotback for the football team.

As a coach, Maypray’s teachings were rooted in hard work. Team members cite Maypray’s commitment to the values of effort and consistency as impacting both their gameplay and approaches to life.

“Coach Maypray influenced my life because he challenged me to be the best person I can be, on and off the field,” Tabor said. “He taught me many life lessons about perseverance, humility, and toughness through the game of football that will continue to impact me throughout the rest of my life.”

“Coach Maypray had a huge impact on me both as a football player and as a person. As I said, I would see him everyday, and he always made sure that I knew he believed in me, sometimes even more than I believed in myself. Him believing in me was a huge boost to my own confidence and something I will carry with me in all that I do,” Clark added.

The team also recalls Maypray’s involvement with the coaches’ intramural basketball team in some of their fondest memories of him, and Kučević, in fact, was a referee for a few of Maypray’s intramural games.

“He always had a smile on his face and asked me almost every day to join the coaches’ intramural basketball team!” Clunie said.

Tabor said, “Watching him play intramurals showcased all the traits of his personality that made him great, including his fun-loving attitude and competitive nature that made him such a great football coach and an even better man.”

Maypray’s funeral was held on Monday, Jan. 21, at First Baptist Church in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Maypray is survived by his wife, Bianca Maypray, and two children, Madison and Timothy. The family expects a third child in the coming months.

The Davidson community can contribute to the Maypray Memorial Fund started by the Davidson Football Staff. Financial contributions will “support Bianca and the future medical and living expenses, as well as funeral costs and moving expenses,” according to the GoFundMe page.

“We simply knew him as the young football coach who made us laugh, who made fun of us, who had a big smile and cared deeply for others—even the employees who sit behind a front desk and go unacknowledged by almost everyone that walks through the door,” Kučević said. “That lively, animated presence he brought into the room is something I think everyone who worked with him, in any capacity, will very much miss.”