RONALD J. ABDOW FIELD

Art Wilkins

Head Coach

Art Wilkins enters his 23rd season as head football coach at American International College, a position he has held since 1994.

Wilkins is the all-time winningest coach in program history with a career record of 140-89 (.624), which includes a 120-46 (.723) mark in conference play. He recorded his 100th career victory with a 41-13 win over Merrimack College October 24, 2009 and earned his 100th career conference victory was a 37-34 win at Saint Anselm College October 26, 2012.

Wilkins has led AIC to nine conference or division titles, more than any other conference member, and led the Yellow Jackets to the outright conference championship in 1999, 2000 and 2008 and 2013. AIC shared the NE-10 title in 2010. He was named the 2008 and 2013 Northeast-10 Coach of the Year, and New England Coach of the Year in 2008, which is voted upon by the Gridiron Club of New England.

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Kristofer Kulzer

Assistant Head Coach (Linebackers)/Recruiting Coordinator

Kris Kulzer enters his fifth season as Linebackers Coach for the Yellow Jackets in 2015 and will mark his first season as Assistant Head Coach announced by AIC Head Football Coach Art Wilkins in June.

Since joining the AIC football staff in 2011, the Jackets have posted a record of 30-13 (.698). Along with his coaching duties, Kulzer is also the recruiting coordinator for the team. With Kulzer on the sidelines, the Yellow Jacket defense had the number one red zone defense in the nation in 2013 and the seventh best total defense in 2008.

Coach Kulzer has coached 13 Northeast-10 All-Conference honorees including the 2013 NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Jaquawne Simpkins.

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James Wilkins

Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach

James Wilkins recently completed his ninth season as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at American International College..

Wilkins began his second stint on the coaching staff at AIC in 2004, and since then the Yellow Jackets have had one of the top-ranked defenses in the Northeast-10 Conference, which includes four major award winners and 35 all-conference selections on the defensive side of the ball. David Iheidgbo was named the NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, while Jean Simeon (2008) and Jashawn Williams (2009) were each named the NE-10 Defensive Lineman of the Year. Lineman Justin Tervo was named the 2010 NE-10 Rookie of the Year.

Wilkins started his coaching career at AIC as the teams linebackers coach in 1998 before joining the coaching staff at NCAA Division I University of Memphis as a graduate assistant from 1999-2000. He served as a strength and conditioning coach in his first season with the Tigers and then was an assistant secondary coach in 2000, in which Memphis was ranked No. 1 nationally against the run and No. 5 in total defense.

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Conor Tierney

Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach

Will Nickerson

Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)

Mike Rafferty

Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers)

Bill Rollin

Assistant Coach (Tight Ends)

Stanley Dunbar

Graduate Assistant / RB Coach

Kyle Cavanaugh

Graduate Assistant / Corners Coach

Cavanaugh is entering his first season as the corners coach at American International College.

Cavanaugh previously coached at Mascoma Valley Regional High School as the outside linebackers coach, tight ends coach and defensive advisor. Cavanaugh also taught and coached at The Stony Brook School from 2011-14, where he was the defensive coordinator, secondary and wide receiver coach, leading the football team to its first playoff appearance in 15 years in 2012. He also was the head varsity baseball coach.

He served as a defensive assistant at Dartmouth College, where he helped the younger defensive backs in individual drills, helped coached scout teams, organized game charts, and broke down film for the 2009 season. He also filled the role of defensive coordinator for two JV games.

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Darius Rose

Director of Operations

Darius Rose enters his first season as Director of Operations at American International College.

Rose will be handling day-to-day compliance, fundraising and game day operations. Rose will be responsible for arranging travel plans among other game day tasks.

Rose graduated from Springfield College in May with a Master of Science in Athletic Administration and earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, with a minor in Sport Management, from Syracuse University in 2012.

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