Oklahoma scene: Andrew Howe, Kendric Maple join OU wrestling staff

Oklahoman Published: July 29, 2014
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Oklahoma wrestling will add recent alumni Andrew Howe and Kendric Maple to its coaching staff.

Howe has been hired as an assistant coach, filling a vacancy left by Jared Frayer. Maple will serve as a volunteer assistant.

Head coach Mark Cody made the announcement Tuesday morning on Twitter.

Howe and Maple join current assistant Michael Lightner as Sooner coaches who won a national title during their collegiate careers.

Howe was the 165-pound national champion in 2010 while at Wisconsin before transferring to OU and earning All-American honors in 2013 and 2014.

Maple was the 141-pound national champion in 2013, and became a three-time All-American as a senior last season. He posted a career record of 127-25 during his four years as a starter, and was named to the NWCA Division I All-Academic Team three times (2012-14).

Lightner, a Marlow native, won his title in 2001 with the Sooners.

Both Howe and Maple will work towards earning a master’s degree while on staff.

Southwestern picked to repeat as GAC champs

The Southwestern Oklahoma State women’s soccer team has been picked No. 1 in the Great American Conference preseason poll.

Southwestern, which has won two straight conference titles, earned four first-place votes out of a possible five in the poll, which was voted on by the league’s coaches.

SWOSU will open the season at home Sept. 5 against Minnesota State-Mankato.

GAC women’s soccer preseason poll (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. SWOSU, 24 (4); 2. Harding, 19 (1); 3. Ouachita Baptist, 18 (1); 4. Southern Nazarene, 13; 5. East Central, 11; 6. Northwestern Oklahoma State, 5