Andy Kirk enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Indians’ softball team after leading the program to six 30-plus win seasons and a perennial top 20 NJCAA program.
Kirk is 398-177 overall in his softball career and 210-76 in his 6 years at ICC. ICC, also, has a 125-27 conference during this time with 4 North Division titles in the four years before the MACJC combined the North and South Divisions and competed as one conference during the 2016 & 2017 seasons. During these two years, ICC finished 3rd both years with a 45-11 record.
During Kirk’s tenure at ICC, he has coached 5 All- Americans, 11 All-Region players, 18 All- State players, and had 15 players move on to the 4 year level. He has twice been name MACJC North Coach of the Year. His team has, also, been successful in the classroom by being named the MACJC Academic All-State team and annually ranked as a top 10 softball team in GPA in the NJCAA.
In 2017, the Indians tied a program- best 39 wins with 14 losses. Finished 3rd in state MACJC conference play with a 23-5 record. The Indians stayed ranked in the top 12 in the NJCAA all season and finished the season ranked as the #6 team. The season ended by losses in the Region 23 tournament to the #1 and #4 nationally ranked teams. The pitching staff finished 13th in the nation in earned run average and fielders were 7th in the nation in fielding percentage. The hitters were 7th in the nation in hit by pitches, 8th in double, 3rd in stolen bases, 15th in RBI’s, 15th in runs scored. Several individual players in the top 30 in the nation in different categories. It was an exciting and record breaking year, with the sophomore class recording 78 career wins, 5 players named to All-Regions teams and 3 All- Americans. Every Indian graduated for the 4th consecutive year.
In 2016, the Indians finished a program-best 39-10 and 22-6 in MACJC conference play, third overall and a perfect 22-0 at home. Of the 10 losses for the Indians, seven were to NJCAA top 10 ranked teams and seven were by only one run. The Indians earned the program’s highest ranking by climbing to No. 7 in the NJCAA polls before finishing the season as the No. 10 team in the country. The 2016 season marked the first time the program had two All-Americans in the same season. Other awards include three NJCAA/NFCA All-Region and three MACJC All-State selections. The Indians were also successful off the field, being named the MACJC Academic All-State team with a 3.60 team GPA.
In 2015, the Indians finished 32-13 overall and 19-5 in the MACJC North Division, earning a share of the division title. Kirk's teams have been champions or co-champions of the MACJC North Division in his first four seasons. The Indians had two NJCAA/NFCA All-Region and three MACJC All-State selections to go along with the program’s career leaders in pitching wins, pitching saves and national ERA leader. Also, a program-best five Indians signed scholarships at NCAA/NAIA schools.
In 2014, the Indians had a record-breaking season, winning a program-best 37 games enroute to their third-straight MACJC North Division championship and earning the program's highest national ranking at No. 11 in the final NJCAA poll of the season. Also the 2014 season featured the team's first-ever NFCA All-American, NJCAA Elite Hitter, two NJCAA All-Region 23 selections, three MACJC All-State and seven All-North Division selections, including the North Division Pitcher and Offensive Player of the Year. Kirk and his staff were named the MACJC North Division Coaching Staff of the Year for the second consecutive year.
In 2013, the Indians won their second consecutive MACJC North Division Championship with 31-15 overall and 18-6 North Division records to earn their sixth-straight appearance in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament. The program also had its first-ever player selected to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-Region South team, one NJCAA Region 23 selection, three players selected MACJC All-State, eight named All-North Division and the North Division Pitcher of the Year.
In 2012, the Indians had a record-breaking season, winning a program-best 34 games and 22 North Division games enroute to the program’s second North Division championship. One player was selected NJCAA All-American, a pair as NJCAA All-Region 23 selections, three as MACJC All-State players, eight as All-North Division and one as the North Division Offensive Player of the Year. The team also had its best-ever finish in the NJCAA Region 23 tournament by advancing to the semifinals and its first-ever NJCAA ranking, finishing 16th in the final poll of the season.
Kirk has 21 years of combined coaching experience in high school and collegiate athletics. He is a past MACJC Softball President and National Fast Pitch Coach Association Junior College Nominating Committee Chairman.
He coached hitters and outfielders at Delta State University and later, hitters, base runners and outfielders at Ball State University, where he coached three future first round Major League Baseball draft picks.
In 2002, he helped launch the West Union High School fast pitch softball program, and in 2009 the Lady Eagles won the Mississippi High School Athletic Association Class 1A State Championship.
Kirk also has MHSAA championship rings as an assistant basketball coach at New Albany High School (1997) and head golf coach at West Union (2003).
The Ingomar native graduated cum laude from Union University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education and health while earning NAIA Academic All-American honors in baseball. He earned the Master of Education degree from Delta State University.
He is married to the former Dana Whitfield of Grenada and is the father of two daughters, Macy Kirk and Adrian Steward.
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