Andy Kiriakedes enters his third season as as an assistant with the Tribe. He spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. During his seven seasons with the Brewers, he assisted with the team’s hitting and fielding.
Kiriakedes helped mentor the Tribe to 22 victories in 2015, and to the program's third consecutive CAA Baseball Tournament, which is tied for the longest streak in program history. Under his guidance six Tribe baseball players were selected to All-Colonial Athletic Association Awards, including juniors Charley Gould and Ryan Hissey, who earned first-team honors. Gould also received national recognition as semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. W&M's pipeline to pros also continued as Hissey was drafted in the 14th round of 2015 MLB Draft.
In his first season with the Tribe, Kiriakedes wasted little time making his presence known. He helped the program to 34 victories, its third straight 30-plus win season, and to the program’s first-ever regular season Colonial Athletic Association title. In addition, the Tribe advanced to the CAA title game for the second straight season. As a team, the Tribe batted .310, while it led the country with a 149 doubles. The Green and Gold also ranked in the top in the country in runs (452), homers (55) and RBIs (33). Individually, he helped tutor junior Michael Katz to a breakout season, in which he was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award, while garnering numerous all-America honors. The Tribe also had 11 players recognized with all-conference awards including Katz, who was CAA Player of the Year. Katz along with Nick Thompson and Ryan Lindemuth each inked professional contracts following the regular season.
With the Brewers, Kiriakedes helped lead the team to its first-ever playoff appearance in 2013. He mentored 21 all-league selections and three all-region honorees.
Prior to his time at Vassar, he spent one season as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Marist. 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. His duties at Marist included coaching the infield and hitting, as well as serving as the program’s equipment manager.
Aside from his eight 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 one week in Prague. He has also worked at numerous camps, including: DeMarini Top 96, Rising Star Academic Clinic, Head First Baseball, and Play to Win Baseball.
Kiriakedes also 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.
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 sports management from SUNY Courtland in 2013.