FRONT ROYAL — Tim Maypray, a former star running back for Randolph-Macon Academy has died at age 30.
No cause has been given for his death as of yet.
R-MA is planning a memorial service for Maypray today at 7 p.m. at Bogg’s Chapel.
Maypray graduated from R-MA in 2005 after excelling on the football field for the Yellow Jackets.
He went on to play at VMI were he starred as a wide receiver, quarterback and return specialist.
Maypray was a first-team All-Big South Conference selection as a kick returner in 2007 and punt returner in ‘09.
He also was named to the conference second team as a receiver in 2007 and quarterback in ‘08.
Maypray was named the Big South’s top freshman in 2006 and pre-season offensive player of the year in 2009.
In 2010 Maypray was named VMI’s outstanding athlete.
Maypray spent two seasons with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2010 and 2011, before playing with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2014.
In his CFL debut, Maypray returned a missed field goal 125 yards for a touchdown against Saskatchewan.
The play was featured on ESPN’s Top-10 plays. Maypray also returned another missed field goal attempt for 118 yards.
“Timmy was the best athlete that I coached in my 45 years of coaching,” said former R-MA coach Dick Allanson, now an assistant at Skyline. “Football, baseball, track. He was a wonderful person to coach and I was shocked to hear of his passing. He will be missed.”
As good an athlete as Maypray was in his days at R-MA, VMI and in the CFL, he is also remembered as a great person and friend.
“During Timmy’s time at R-MA he was, in my view, the epitome of knowledge, leadership, and character,” said Michael Williams, the former Director of Student Life at R-MA and longtime football announcer of Yellow Jackets games. “The respect he drew from his fellow students, as well as the faculty and staff, in and out of the classroom was humbling. I had the joy of knowing Timmy as much more than an athlete. I knew him as a kind, caring soul. I will miss him terribly. My heart goes out to his [family].”
Maypray, after retiring from the CFL, worked as an assistant coach at VMI and made frequent visits back to Front Royal to help out with Yellow Jackets football.
Maypray was currently serving as a running backs coach at Davidson College.
The native of Madisonville, Kentucky, is survived by his wife and their two children – son Timothy Maypray III and daughter Madison. Bianca Maypray is also expecting the couple’s third child in March.
The Davidson College football staff has organized a GoFundMe page for Maypray and his family.