Kirk Westre enters his ninth season as the Pirates' defensive coordinator in 2012, after having spent more than 15 years of his career figuring out how to break down defenses. Westre previously served six seasons as the Pirates' offensive coordinator and nine years as offensive line coach and is in his 18th year of coaching at Whitworth. He will directly oversee the linebackers for the ninth straight year.
Implementing a more attack-oriented defense in 2004, Westre's crew has been at or near the top of the Northwest Conference statistics in turnover ratio each of the past seven seasons and in 2007 Whitworth led all of NCAA Division III with a turnover margin of +26 (+2.6 per game). In 2006 and 2007 the Pirates led the NWC in fewest points and yards allowed. The 2006 and 2007 Pirate defenses may have been two of the best in school history.
Beginning in 1995, Westre directed an offensive line that needed a complete rebuild in his first season. But over time, he developed one of the strongest lines in the league, coaching numerous players to All-NWC honors during in nine seasons.
Westre served as head Track & Field coach for Whitworth in 1996, leading six athletes to nationals.
Before coming to Whitworth, Westre was the offensive coordinator at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1993 and 94. From 1989 through 1992, he was offensive coordinator and assistant Track & Field coach at Moorhead State University. In 1988 and 1989 Westre was a graduate assistant at Oregon, where he coached tight ends, directed the scout team defense and earned a master’s degree in 1989. He played football at Pacific Lutheran University, graduating in 1984.