On April 2, 2015, Monmouth University Head Coach Kevin Callahan announced that former Colgate Raider Andrew Kirkland has joined his staff as linebackers coach.
In his first season with the Blue & White, Kirkland mentored a unit that included three of the team's top-six tacklers. Junior Payton Minnich earned all-league honors after finishing second on the Hawks with 74 tackles.
Kirkland comes to Monmouth after a three-year stint at Colgate, spending two of those seasons mentoring the defensive backs, a position he starred at for the Raiders as a student-athlete. After spending 2013 working with the team's outside linebackers, Kirkland shifted back to the secondary under head coach Dan Hunt in 2014. In his first year back with the Raiders, he helped coach Colgate to its eighth Patriot League Championship in 2012.
Prior to coaching at his alma mater, Kirkland spent two seasons at Wesleyan College in Connecticut and one season at Kings College.
Kirkland played defensive back for Colgate's 2005 Patriot League championship team before gaining his first coaching experience as a student assistant during his senior season, which he missed because of injury. Kirkland helped guide the Raiders to another Patriot League title that fall before moving on to King's College of Pennsylvania in 2009.
He is a native of Voorhees, N.J., playing his prep football at Eastern Regional High School.