|Title||Offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach|
|Born||October 24, 1959|
|Position(s)||Quarterback, wide receiver|
|Head coaching record|
Donnie Kirkpatrick is an American football coach. He is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at East Carolina University, a position he has held since 2019. It is his second stint at East Carolina, having previously served as the wide receivers coach at ECU from 2005 to 2015. Kirkpatrick served as head football coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for three seasons, from 2000 to 2002. His coaching career has also included stops at Appalachian State, South Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Louisville, Western Carolina, and James Madison.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Coaching career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Head coaching record
- 5 Coaching tree
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Kirkpatrick was a four-year letterwinner for the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears football team from 1978 to 1981. He played quarterback for three years and wide receiver for one. He was also a letterwinner in tennis for the Bears.
From 1984 to 1988, Kirkpatrick served as a graduate assistant for Appalachian State where he worked with the quarterbacks, running backs, and defensive ends. During his time in Boone, North Carolina, Kirkpatrick was a part of two SoCon championships in 1986 and in 1987.
In 1989, Kirkpatrick joined Sparky Woods' staff at South Carolina as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. He was there through the 1992 season and coached Todd Ellis and Bobby Fuller.
In 1993 and 1994, Kirkpatrick was on Ron Cooper’s staff at Eastern Michigan. In 1993, he coached the wide receivers, before being promoted to assistant head coach, and coaching the quarterbacks and running backs. Here, he coached Charlie Batch, who became a second round selection in the NFL draft.
In 1995, Kirkpatrick followed Cooper to Louisville as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was directly responsible for developing quarterback Chris Redman into a third round NFL selection.
Following his stint at Louisville, Kirkpatrick moved to Chattanooga. In 1998, he was a volunteer assistant, working with the defensive backs. The following year, he became the offensive coordinator. After an offensive record-setting year, Kirkpatrick was promoted to head coach.
In Kirkpatrick's first season at the helm, the team was 5–6 and 3–5 in conference play. In his second year, the team was 3-8, and 1-7 in the conference. In his third and final year, Kirkpatrick's team was 4–8, and 2–6 within the conference.
With two games remaining in the 2002 season, Chattanooga announced that they would be reassigning Kirkpatrick at the conclusion of the season, and would hire a new football coach.
East Carolina (first stint)
From 2005 through 2015, Kirkpatrick tutored the East Carolina wide receivers. He coached three players that would be drafted to play in the NFL. They were: Justin Hardy, Dwayne Harris, and Aundrae Allison.
East Carolina (second stint)
When Mike Houston became the head coach of the East Carolina Pirates football team in December 2018, he announced that many of his staff members at James Madison would be coming with him, including Donnie Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick is a product of South Caldwell High School in Hudson, North Carolina, where he played quarterback for his father, Don Kirkpatrick. He led SCHS to the state championship final in his senior year.
Head coaching record
|Chattanooga Mocs (Southern Conference) (2000–2002)|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.|
Assistants under Kirkpatrick that became NFL or NCAA head coaches:
- "Western Carolina Completes Coaching Staff". Southern Conference. SoConSports.com. June 12, 2003. http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4000&ATCLID=170201. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- Igoe, Steohen (December 5, 2018). "Donnie Kirkpatrick Returning to ECU". 247 Sports. 247 Sports. https://247sports.com/college/east-carolina/Article/Donnie-Kirkpatrick-returning-to-ECU-football-125924427/. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- "Donnie Kirkpatrick". James Madison Sports Information. https://jmusports.com/coaches.aspx?rc=1254. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
- "2000 Football Schedule". University of Chattanooga Sports Information. https://gomocs.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=324&path=fb. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- "2001 Football Schedule". University of Chattanooga Sports Information. https://gomocs.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=111&path=fb. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- "2002 Football Schedule". University of Chattanooga Sports Information. https://gomocs.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=165&path=fb. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- "UTC "Reassigns" Football Coach Donnie Kirkpatrick". The Chattanoogan. The Chattanoogan. November 11, 2002. https://www.chattanoogan.com/2002/11/11/28973/UTC-Reassigns-Football-Coach-Donnie.aspx. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- "Kirkpatrick Brings Bulging Offensive Portfolio". Bonesville. https://www.bonesville.net/Articles/OtherArticles/Bonesville/Bonesville_Football/2004/122104_Kirkpatrick.htm. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
- Austin, Chad. "COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Caldwell County Native Kirkpatrick Still Loves Coaching The Game". Hobbs Daily Report. https://hobbsdailyreport.com/college-football/college-football-caldwell-county-native-kirkpatrick-still-loves-coaching-the-game/. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
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