Matt Drinkall | Army West Point

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Team: Army West Point
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Tight Ends Coach


Matt Drinkall was added to the Army West Point football staff in February 2019. He currently serves as the tight ends coach after a year stint as the offensive quality control coach.
He came to the Banks of the Hudson after a very successful five-year stint as the head coach at Kansas Wesleyan where the Coyotes were 42-17, including a 37-12 slate against KCAC opponents. His last four teams won 40 games (40-8) during the best four-year run in school history. He departed holding the fourth-highest win total in program history as well.
The culmination of that was in 2018 when Wesleyan won its first conference championship since 2002 after going 10-0 and advancing to the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship. The Coyotes posted a program-best 13-1 record and shattered virtually every school and numerous KCAC and NAIA records in the process during their historic season.
In 2017, the Coyotes continued their renewed success under Drinkall by posting an 8-3 overall mark and a 7-2 record in the KCAC. He coached a pair of AFCA and Associated Press NAIA All-Americans in 2017 in Trenton Poe-Evans and Garrett Updegraft. Wesleyan's offense ranked No. 6 in the NAIA in sacks allowed, No. 20 in scoring offense, and No. 24 in total offense. Senior Tyler Welch led the NAIA in kickoff return yards, Updegraft ranked third in the NAIA in tackles per game and Poe-Evans led all NAIA tight ends in receiving yards, touchdowns, receptions and receptions per game.
In 2016, the Coyotes went 9-2 overall and 7-2 in conference play, while also recording back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in school history. Wesleyan reached the No. 10 spot in the NAIA Top 25 poll during the season, matching the highest-ever ranking for the Coyotes since the NAIA began recording weekly poll rankings in 1999. The team enjoyed a 5-0 record at Bissell Field at the Graves Family Sports Complex, remaining unbeaten in the facility since it opened in 2015.
The Coyotes enjoyed their best season in school history at that time in 2015 after tallying a program record ten wins and earning a berth in the NAIA Football Championship Series for the first time since 2002. Wesleyan ranked fifth in the NAIA in total offense and pass offense per game and was seventh in the country in scoring. Jake Curran, who was the KCAC Player of the Year, ranked third in the NAIA in total offense and fourth in the country in total offense.
During his first season in 2014, the Coyotes went 2-9 overall and 2-7 in the KCAC. Six players were named All-KCAC and senior defensive lineman Daniel Moss was selected as a Capital One Academic All-America by CoSIDA.
Before coming to Kansas Wesleyan, Drinkall served as offensive coordinator at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, for his last two seasons of a six-year stint.
While at St. Ambrose, Drinkall directed the Fighting Bees' offense that ranked No. 4 in the NAIA in scoring offense (44.2 points per game), total offense (505.9 yards per game), passing offense (326.3 yards per game) in 2013, while finishing 7-4 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League. He also helped Saint Ambrose reach the NAIA Football Championship Series three times (2008, 2012 and 2013). Under his leadership, quarterback Eric Williamson was named the two-time MSFA Conference Player of the Year and set several school records in the process. Drinkall was named the MSFA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 in a conference that had produced the last three NAIA National Champions.
Drinkall began his career at St. Ambrose in 2008 and steadily moved through the offensive coaching ranks, starting with the wide receivers in 2009 before moving to offensive line in 2010. He was then elevated to offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Bees in 2012.
Before St. Ambrose, he spent two seasons at Western Illinois as the tight ends coach under Don Patterson. While there he helped develop the Leathernecks into one of the top rushing offenses in the country at the time.
He coached three seasons at his alma mater, Bettendorf (Iowa) High School, before arriving at Western Illinois, where he coached defensive backs and wide receivers, including former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Pat Angerer.
Drinkall also served as a student-coach at the University of Iowa for three years after suffering a career ending injury as a wide receiver for the Hawkeyes.
Drinkall holds a bachelor of science degree from Western Illinois – Quad Cities in Kinesiology (2005) and a master of science degree in recreation administration (2007) from Western Illinois. Drinkall attended Bettendorf High School where he became one of only two players in program history to have compiled 1000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving.
He and his wife Kim currently reside at West Point.

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