Kings Point, NY - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Head Football Coach Mike Toop has announced the addition of Andrew Malson to the Mariners coaching staff for the 2013 season. Malson will serve as the coach of the defensive backs after completing the 2012 season as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Western Michigan University. He was the defensive line coach for the Broncos and compiled practice and game plans as well as recruited in the state of Missouri.
"I am very excited to be here at the Academy and work with a great group of kids," said Malson. "I have a lot of respect for this program and have heard nothing but great things about it. I am looking forward to being a part of the program and I am very excited about coaching here at Kings Point."
Malson was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for three seasons at his alma mater, Westminster College, from 2010-12. In 2011, his defense was ranked tops in all of Division III in forced turnovers and fumbles recovered. Malson developed weekly game plans, practice plans, coordinated film exchange, and handled team travel arrangements. He was also responsible for recruiting in Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
"Andy brings great experience from several levels," said Toop. "He has versatility coaching several positions and has been a coordinator. He has had great success recruiting and has recruited a number of areas across the country. We are confident he will have a big impact on the defense."
Malson's coaching career began as a Graduate Assistant Coach working with defensive backs at Missouri Western State University. His specific duties included scouting and video breakdown, defensive scouting reports, and on-campus recruiting. Malson was a two-time UMAC All-Conference Center at Westminster and served as a team captain during his senior season. At the Academy he will be responsible for recruiting in California, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Oklahoma.