Paul Kirtland oversee's the program's recruiting, implement penalty kill, assist with practice and game planning and the Pioneers video operations, while assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program.
Kirtland is a former assistant coach for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL, where he helped lead them to the playoffs in 2018. While with Dubuque, Kirtland designed and implemented the penalty kill, which had an 80.2% success rate during the 2017-18 season.
Kirtland broke into the coaching ranks with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the NAHL as an assistant in 2013. In 2014, he helped lead the Ice Dogs to a USA Hockey Tier II National Championship. He eventually transitioned to being an assistant coach at Trinity College in 2015. At Trinity, Kirtland helped lead the team to back-to-back NESCAC Tournament championships and a runner-up in the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament. In 2016-17, Kirtland coached the penalty kill unit to a 89.4% success rate, which was the third-best percentage in Div. III that season.
A 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University, Kirtland played ice hockey for four years for the Buckeyes and tallied four career goals in 50 games.