Jason Spray has climbed the ladder of success rapidly since his collegiate playing career at Middle Tennessee, and he continues to exemplify the tremendous work ethic that made him a decorated gridiron standout for the Blue Raiders. Spray was elevated to head football strength coach in January 2012.
Since 2012, Spray has helped mold 19 players to make an NFL training camp, 34 all-conference players, three freshmen all-American’s and seven who were voted to the All-Freshman team.
Spray, who was voted the NCSA Assistant Strength Coach of the Year in 2011, is in his 12th season working in the Blue Raider strength and conditioning program. For seven years, Spray served as the head men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach and was the primary assistant in football.
Spray is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA and the CSCCA, and is certified by the National Association of Speed and Explosion. Spray is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a club performance coach and is certified as a sports nutritionist through the International Fitness Professional Association.
The Murfreesboro native also works with various professional athletes during the offseason. Spray’s specialty is in plyometrics, which focuses on movements, explosion and flexibility rather than just muscle mass. The professional players like the emphasis.
Spray, who is also an expert contributor for Stack Magazine and Premier Players Magazine, is a graduate of Middle Tennessee where he was a three-year starter for the Blue Raider football team. He was named the 2000 Lifter of the Year, as voted on by his teammates.
Spray played on the first Division I-A football team at Middle Tennessee in 1999 and was the starting fullback in 2001, when the Blue Raiders posted an 8-3 record and tied for the Sun Belt Conference championship – also a first in the Division I-A era. The durable and hard-working Spray played in 32 career games at MTSU. He was named co-captain of the 2001 Sun Belt Championship team.
Spray earned his bachelor of science in May 2002 and his master of science in 2005. Spray is married to the former Karisse Baker and the couple has two sons, Jason Jr. and Jaxon.
Director of Player Development
Brent Brock, a head coach in the Georgia high school ranks for 14 years and a former teammate of head coach Rick Stockstill, will be beginning his 11th season at Middle Tennessee with the 2016 campaign.
Brock was elevated in 2013 to director of player development. In his new role, Brock handles life skills events for the program, all community service projects, and serves as summer camp director for Stockstill.
Brock coached the tight ends his first three years at MT before taking over the inside receivers from 2009 to 2011. He spent the last seven games of 2011 and all of 2012 coaching the running backs.
Brock enjoyed a productive first full year leading the running backs in 2012 as Benny Cunningham earned second team all-conference honors and Jordan Parker was voted to the all-freshman team. Cunningham became the first back at MT to record two 200-yard rushing games since 2001 and Parker went on to set the freshman rushing record with 851 yards.
In 2011, Brock helped the receiving corps snag a single-season school record 299 passes while registering the third-most touchdown receptions with 21.
Brock’s receivers were part of a fast-paced offense in 2009 that rang up a school record 3,064 yards of passing along with a record setting 25 touchdowns. In all, 17 receivers caught a total of 238 passes, which is the fourth most in Blue Raider history.
Under Brock's leadership in 2006, the tight ends were a key ingredient for the Sun Belt Conference's top scoring offense and the league's number two-rated team in passing efficiency. The group came up with 17 receptions on the season and two of the team's nine touchdown receptions. The unit followed that up with 23 receptions and two scores in 2007.
Brock came to Middle Tennessee after serving the previous four years as head coach and athletic director at Jackson County High School in Jefferson, Ga. Brock had the privilege of coaching in the GHSA North/South All-Star game (1995) and the Georgia/Florida High School All-Star game (1997). He also has 14 years of experience as an athletic director on the high school level.
Brock got his start in coaching as a volunteer assistant at Godby High School in Tallahassee in 1981 and then left the following season to join Jim Hughes' staff at Thomasville High School in 1982.
Brock followed Hughes to Colquitt High School in 1983, where he helped coach the Packers in the 1991 1-AAAA state championship game. During his nine seasons at Colquitt, the Packers made the region playoffs eight times, were region runner-up three times, and received the region's all-sports trophy on three occasions. Brock served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, and strength coordinator during his time at Colquitt.
He earned his first head coaching job in 1992, when he took over the Worth County High School program in Sylvester, Ga. He took a struggling program that went 1-9 his first year to an 8-3 mark and back-to-back playoff appearances in his third and fourth seasons.
In 1996, Brock took over head coaching and athletic director duties at Fitzgerald High School in Fitzgerald, Ga., where he had the challenge of rebuilding a program that had just 40 players his first season. With hard work and determination, Brock fielded 70 players and helped turn the program around during his short tenure. Under his reign, FHS took home the sportsmanship trophy for 2-AAA in 1996 and 1997.
Before taking over at Jackson County, Brock spent two years as offensive coordinator/strength coach at Westside High School under Robert Davis. Westside, only four years old at the time, made it to the semifinals of the state at the Georgia Dome in 2002 and finished with a no. 4 state ranking. In 2001, Westside advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
The Albany, Ga., native received his B.S. degree in health/physical education at Florida State in 1982, his master's degree at Albany State, and his Ed.S. degree from FSU.
As a player, Brock played four years for Coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State as an offensive lineman. He was a member of the 1977 Tangerine Bowl team and the 1980 and 1981 Orange Bowl teams.
Brock is married to the former Missie Milton of Albany, Ga.
Erik Bartlett, a graduate of Middle Tennessee, is in his fifth year as coordinator of video operations for the Blue Raider football program. Bartlett became just the third full-time coordinator at Middle Tennessee when he was hired in July 2011.
Bartlett is in charge of weekly motivational highlight tapes for the football program, and assists in scoreboard productions for basketball and special events held in the Murphy Center. His other duties with the football program consist of setting up meeting rooms at the hotel during home and away games, making highlight tapes for NFL draft prospects, and handling all video for the coaches’ meetings on a daily basis.
His team also makes sure that all practices are filmed and broken down by offense, defense, and kicking game, for the coaches to look at after practice.
Bartlett, who heads up six student assistants, made his way back to Middle Tennessee after three years at nearby Blackman Middle School. At BMS he served as the in-school suspension teacher but when the full-time video job opened at MT, Bartlett jumped at the opportunity.
Prior to working at BMS, Bartlett worked as a video student assistant for the Blue Raider football program for five years beginning in 2003. He later graduated from Middle Tennessee with a degree in physical education in 2008.
Bartlett attended Blackman High School in Murfreesboro where he played football and basketball. One of his basketball teammates was Tampa Bay Ray’s standout pitcher David Price, and the son of his quarterback coach at Blackman was a student video assistant who was a senior at Middle Tennessee when Bartlett was a senior at Blackman.
Erik’s parents are Ken Bartlett, a former Nashville Banner sportswriter, and Debbie Bartlett, secretary to Blue Raider basketball coach Kermit Davis.
Keith Bunch is in his third year at Middle Tennessee as the head football trainer for the Blue Raiders in 2016. Bunch made his way to Murfreesboro after seven years at Louisiana Tech where he was an assistant athletics director and headed up the University’s sports medicine department.
Bunch arrived at Louisiana Tech during the summer of 2007 following a two-year stint as the associate head athletic trainer at Presbyterian College where he worked primarily with the Blue Hose football program. Prior to his time at PC, Bunch worked one year at Carolina Sportscare and Physical Therapy Clinic in Beaufort, S.C., while working with the area high school outreach program.
The 2002 graduate of the College of Charleston ran a sports medicine department that handled all 16 NCAA sanctioned programs at Louisiana Tech.
Bunch was instrumental in spearheading a number of improvements in the Sports Medicine Department at LA Tech. Some of the improvements included renovations and upgrades to the athletic training rooms in both the Charles Wyly Athletic Complex and the Thomas Assembly Center, the creation of additional positions within the sports medicine staff, and the creation of Docs for Dogs -- a team of local specialty doctors that served all of the Bulldog student-athletes.
Bunch earned his undergraduate degree in athletic training at the College of Charleston where he worked with the Cougars’ women’s soccer and baseball programs. While working on his bachelor’s degree, Bunch completed a pair of internships with The Citadel football program in the fall of 2001 and Wando High School during the spring of 2002.
The Lodge, S.C., native earned his master’s degree in higher education administration with a minor in sports management from Auburn in May of 2004. Bunch worked closely with the Tigers’ football program during that time.
Bunch is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association (LATA).
Director of Player Personnel
Will Redmond is in his first year on Rick Stockstill’s staff and serves as the programs Director of Player Personnel.
Redmond oversees the day-to-day recruiting operations of Blue Raider football, monitoring prospect information, prospect evaluations and all aspects of on-campus visits. Redmond’s responsibilities also include the recruiting big board and all forms of recruiting databases.
Redmond spent his undergraduate years at the University of Tennessee. During his time on the Knoxville campus, Redmond earned his undergraduate (2013) and graduate degrees (2015) in Sport Management while working with the university’s athletic department in multiple capacities.
Redmond got his start in college athletics in the fall of 2011 when he served as a media relations student intern. After two years with media relations, Redmond served the Tennessee football recruiting staff as an analyst overseeing the recruitment of prospects in Tennessee, Alabama and the Mid-Atlantic. In May of 2014, Redmond began working with the program’s recruiting operations division.
Redmond joined the Middle Tennessee staff after a brief stint at Western Michigan University where he served as the Broncos’ Director of Player Personnel.
Redmond is a native of Franklin, Tenn., and a graduate of Christ Presbyterian Academy where he was a four-year letterman in both football and soccer.
Assistant AD / Equipment Operations
Larry Maples is in his first season as an assistant athletic director for equipment operations at Middle Tennessee.
Maples oversees the equipment ordering of all athletic teams at Middle Tennessee, leads a staff of 12 students, handles the logistics for all road games and prepares the practice facility and his staff for all Blue Raider football practices.
The Memphis, TN, native made his way to Murfreesboro after spending the past year as a supply chain engineer for Mueller Industries. He has also worked as an industrial engineer for Electrolux Home Cooking Products.
From 2013 to 2014, Maples served as the assistant equipment manager for the Blue Raiders where he helped coordinate all the day-to-day operations. He also assisted in the design and ordering of new Nike Pro Combat apparel while coordinating the logistics for all road games.
Maples, who is married to the former Carmen Merritt, earned his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee in Engineering Technologies (2013).