Jan. 19, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden announced Tuesday the hiring of Joe Kines as linebacker's coach at FSU. Kines will join the Seminole program after coaching at Georgia for the last four years.
"When Chuck Amato resigned to take the head coaching job at NC State, I began looking for the closest guy to fit his credentials," said Bobby Bowden. "I feel like with the hiring of Joe Kines we can pick up right were we left off. I've always known he was a great coach, but he also brings us great experience."
Kines, 55, was the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator from 1995-98, and was elevated to the position of assistant head coach and defensive ends coach in 1999. Kines was the head coach at Arkansas in 1992 and was on the Razorback staff from 1991-94. Before his work at Arkansas, Kines coached the linebackers for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1987-90.
Prior to joining the Bucs' staff, Kines served as defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Alabama (1985-86), assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Florida (1979-84), linebacker coach at Clemson (1977-78), and defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Jacksonville State (1972-76).
As a graduate of Cedartown (Ga.) High School, Kines has a bachelor's and master's degree from Jacksonville State. He and his wife, Rubye, have a daughter, Susan, married to Keith Langston and one grandson, Matthew Reed.
"We're delighted to have Joe on our defensive staff," said FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. "Not only is he a fantastic coach, but he is an outstanding man as well. His experience at the high school, college and professional level, his work ethic, and his commitment to excellence fits the needs of the position extremely well."
Coach Bowden also said he would make no other announcements about staff assignments until after the recruiting period is over.