Andy Kiriakedes - Recruiting Coach
Andy graduated from Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, where he was a three sport athlete in baseball, basketball, and football. It was at Berkshire, thanks to some special coaches and teachers, that he learned the importance of academics and how significant a role they play in the pursuit of playing intercollegiate athletics. Despite a serious knee injury in the fall of his senior year Kiriakedes attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York where he was able to fulfill his dream of playing Division I baseball.
Kiriakedes enjoyed a successful playing career at Marist. As an infielder for the Red Foxes, he was a four-year starter and was named a captain his senior season. In 2005, Kiriakedes was named MAAC Tournament MVP and awarded his team’s Coaches Award, as helped lead the Red Foxes to a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He also played in numerous summer baseball leagues during his collegiate career. He made stops in the Valley League (Staunton Braves), the New York Collegiate Baseball League (Amsterdam Mohawks), and the New England Collegiate Baseball League (Keene Swamp Bats). In Staunton he was named a Valley League All-Star, and enjoyed championship seasons with the Mohawks and Swamp Bats.
After finishing his career at Marist College, Kiriakedes stayed on at his alma-mater as an assistant coach for the 2007 Season. During his one season with the Red Foxes, he helped lead the team to an appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament. Kiriakedes mentored one MAAC First-Team and three second team selections, as well as a player that went on to sign a contract with the Kansas City Royals.
Following the 2007 season, he left Marist College to take an assistant coaching position at nearby Vassar College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country. While at Vassar (2008-13), Kiriakedes was tasked with overseeing the development of all position players both offensively and defensively, and recruiting to a nationally ranked liberal arts school. With the Brewers, Kiriakedes helped lead the team to it’s first-ever playoff appearance in 2013. He mentored 21 all-league selections and three all-region honorees.
In January of 2014 Kiriakedes left Vassar College to take an assistant coaching position at The College of William and Mary. While at William and Mary, Kiriakedes oversaw the development of the position players both offensively and defensively as well as recruiting high level Division I student-athletes to one of the top rated public schools in the country. During his time with the program the Tribe experienced a high level of success that included a 2014 Regular Season Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) Championship, a 2016 CAA Conference Tournament Championship, a 2016 Charlottesville Regional Finals appearance, 1 First Team All-American, 8 All-Region selections, 4 All-ECAC selections, the 2014 CAA Player of the Year, 19 All-Conference Selections, 3 CAA All-Rookie team selections, 8 Major League Baseball draft picks, and 3 Major League Baseball Free-Agent signings.
Aside from his 10 years of college coaching experience, Kiriakedes has developed his coaching through numerous camps and an international experience. In 2008, he served as the head coach of the USA Athletes International team for in Prague, Czech Republic as well a tour with Planet Baseball in Puerto Rico. He has also worked at numerous camps and clinics, including: Rising Star Academic Clinic, Head First Baseball, and Play to Win Baseball.
A native of Sheffield, Mass., Kiriakedes graduated from Marist with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis on human resource management, as well as a minor in psychology. He later went on to earn his master’s degree in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland in 2013 as well as a master’s degree in Business Analytics from The College of William and Mary in 2017.