Steve Maples, Ph. D., begins his first season as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the Golden Eagles under new head coach Ellis Johnson.
Prior to his appointment to the position, Maples spent 20 years in the private sector working in the farming and real estate industries in Mississippi, based primarily out of his hometown George County location.
Before leaving the business to pursue other professional opportunities, Maples served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for former Auburn head coach Pat Dye during the 1992 season.
Maples' ties to Southern Miss date back to former head coaches Curley Hallman and "Big Nasty," Jim Carmody. He began his tenure with the Golden Eagles during the 1987 season, Carmody's final year in the Hub City, and remained on the staff when Hallman took over the program that following season. Maples stayed with the staff through Hallman's tenure as coach, which ended in 1990, before taking a year off prior to heading to the Plains.
Maples also completed his Ph. D., work in Exercise Physiology at Southern Miss in 1986. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in Physical Education from Mississippi College.
Maples has two sons, Tiger, 26, and Sam, 23.