COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Kirk Doll has been named the Texas A&M special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, Aggie head coach Mike Sherman announced on Friday.
“Kirk Doll brings a wealth of experience as a football coach to our staff,” Sherman said. “His primary role as our special teams coordinator will be key to our immediate success in the 2008 season. I am firmly committed to special teams as it represents one-third of the game. Our players must embrace their roles as special teamers as well as the contributions made by our 12th Man team.”
Doll most recently served on Mike Shanahan’s Denver Broncos staff for three seasons. His first year, 2004, he was the special teams coach and the following two years he worked with the linebackers.
“Kirk has had a variety of experiences, most recently as a linebackers coach at the Denver Broncos,” Sherman added. “He’s won a national championship at LSU and has been the assistant head coach at Notre Dame.”
“Coach Doll’s previous tenure in Aggieland was marked by great success,” Sherman stated. “He contributed toward the past success of the “Wrecking Crew”, as well as being an outstanding recruiter for Texas A&M.”
During Doll’s time at Texas A&M (1988-93) the Aggies appeared in five bowl games in his six seasons and won three Southwest Conference championships. The 1991 Wrecking Crew led the country in total defense allowing only 222.4 yards per game. The team compiled a 56-17-1 record for a winning percentage of .764 which included a 32-5 (.865) mark his final three seasons. Doll recruited the East Texas area and he worked with the inside linebackers in 1988 with the likes of Dana Batiste, Quentin Coryatt and Adam Bob, then switched to outside linebackers from 1989-93 working with Aaron Wallace, William Thomas and Marcus Buckley.
“Kathy and I are very excited about the chance to come back to Aggieland, a place where our son, Kyle, was born,” Doll said. “I look forward to working with Coach Sherman and the outstanding staff he has put together at Texas A&M. I know a lot of changes have taken place around the campus, but one thing I know has not changed is the Spirit of Aggieland.”
Before working in the NFL, Doll served two seasons (2002-03) as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach at LSU helping the Tigers and head coach Nick Saban win a share of the 2003 national championship.
His previous stop was as at Notre Dame from 1994-01 where he worked on the staffs of Lou Holtz and Bob Davie. Doll worked with the linebackers all eight years and was the special teams coach from 1994-97 and coached the kickers in 2000. He served as the assistant head coach from 1997-2001. He helped the Fighting Irish to five bowl games during his tenure.
The Wichita, Kansas, native earned a bachelor degree from East Carolina and graduated cum laude from Wichita State in 1976.
His first coaching experience came at Wichita State in 1975 and 1976 and then he worked at Texas City High School in 1978-79.
Doll returned to the collegiate level in the spring of 1979 working with tight ends at Iowa State. He moved to Tulsa from 1980-84 working with the offensive line.
He moved to the defensive side of the ball at Arizona State from 1985-87 for head coach John Cooper and helped the Sun Devils reach the Rose Bowl after the 1986 season.
Doll is married to the former Kathy Reding, and the couple has three children, Kate, Kelsey and Kyle.
“I am thrilled to get a coach like Kirk to finalize my staff,” Sherman explained. “I know it’s taken a while to get to this point. I am very proud, not only of the quality of coaches we have hired, but even more so the type of men we will have working with our student-athletes here at Texas A&M.”