Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College football team has announced the hiring of Kyle Duncan as the team's new assistant coach for the 2017 season where he will coach the defensive line position, replacing former defensive line coach Dan Mehleisen who was named head coach at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. The Bantams, coached by Jeff Devanney (12th season), finished the 2016-17 campaign with a perfect 8-0 record to capture the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship crown.
Duncan begins his second stint as a Trinity football assistant coach after previously being on the staff as a graduate assistant from 2013-2015. After leaving Trinity in March of 2015, Duncan joined the Tufts University football staff in the same year as the team's defensive line coach before being named as a recruiting coordinator as well in 2016. While in Medford, Duncan coached three All-NESCAC defensive linemen (Doug Harrison, Micah Adickes, and Zach Thomas) while recruiting the New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Long Island/Westchester County, New York areas. Duncan also went overseas where he became the head coach, defensive and special teams coordinator of the Prague Lions in the Czech Republic. While there, he led the Lions to the club's first-ever, 10-0 undefeated regular season in the Czech League of American football. The team also twice received American Football International European Top 20 Honorable Mention honors.
Duncan originally came to Trinity in April 2013 after a successful playing career at Bowdoin and a one-year stint as running backs coach at his alma mater. Duncan graduated from Bowdoin in 2012 with a degree in government and legal studies, and earned his master's degree in public policy at Trinity in 2016. He was a three-year starting center for the NESCAC rival Polar Bears and mentored All-NESCAC ball carrier Zach Donnarumma in 2012, and coached all-league backs Michael Budness, Evan Bunker and Ben Crick in 2015 for the Bantams.