COLLEGE STATION -- Joe Kines, a veteran football coach, has been named the Texas A&M assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, Aggie head coach Mike Sherman announced on Wednesday.
“Joe Kines is what you call a “ball coach”,” Sherman said. “He loves his players and he loves football and demonstrates that passion in his coaching. No one I have ever hired has a greater pedigree or more experience than Coach Kines. He has worked at both the collegiate and professional levels.”
Kines most recently served four years (2003-06) as the Alabama assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He was the Crimson Tide interim head coach from the end of the 2006 regular season through the Independence Bowl.
“His creative and aggressive approach toward defensive football has always intrigued me,” Sherman added. “He is definitely proactive – making offenses adjust to what we are doing, instead of us adjusting to what they are doing.”
“I got a phone call from Mike Shanahan shortly after the word got out on Joe’s hiring and he told me I could not have hired a better coach or person for the job,” Sherman stated. “Mike had worked with Joe at Florida. Coach Shanahan said Joe taught him a lot of what he knows about football.”
“It was important I hire not only a quality coach, but someone who shares a similar defensive philosophy with me and Coach Kines shares that philosophy,” Sherman explained. “Coach Kines will have the added duties of assistant head coach and will work with the linebackers. His experiences having worked with some of the best head coaches in college football—most notably Coach Bobby Bowden—will be an invaluable asset to me.”
“Texas A&M football is better today with the addition of Joe Kines,” Sherman said. “I look forward to his arrival, as well as his wife Rubye, to Aggieland.”
Kines’ resume includes stops at Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Clemson and Jacksonville State. He spent four years in the NFL working with the linebackers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1987-90.
“This is a chance to work for an outstanding head coach in Mike Sherman and with a dynamic staff in a special place,” Kines said. “Talking with Coach Sherman about the job really made me realize how much I still want to coach. It’s what I do, and it’s what I enjoy the most. I am excited and looking forward to working with the young men at Texas A&M. I am especially excited to have the 12th Man on my side.”
During his time on the Alabama football coaching staff, Kines had to replace seven starters prior to the 2006 season and his unit responded as the third ranked pass defense in the SEC and fifth against the run. Opponents could not match Kines’ adjustments as Bama foes managed only seven points per game in the second half.
Kines’ 2005 unit was ranked in the top nine nationally in all five major statistical categories, one of only two defensive units to make such a claim. Alabama ranked first in scoring defense, second in total defense, fifth in pass defense and pass efficiency defense and ninth in rushing defense.
Kines was named one of six finalists for the 2005 Broyles Award, an honor for the nation’s top assistant coach.
The 2004 defensive unit ranked first nationally in pass defense and was second in total defense. One of the Alabama defensive stars from 2002-05 was current Houston Texans’ linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who recently started for the AFC in the Pro Bowl. Ryans was the 2005 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team All-America selection.
“For me, first off, he was a father figure,” Ryans said. “He’s a great person on and off of the field that you can go to and talk about anything. On the field, he was probably the oldest coach on our staff, but he had the most intensity out of anybody and he demanded a lot of hard work out of our group. There was no doubt about it that we were the hardest working group when we went out to practice day in and day out. I think we performed well on the field because of that. As a defensive coordinator, he kept things simple and everybody knew what they were doing and guys just made plays.”
“When DeMeco came to the Texans, he was ready to play as a rookie because of the preparation he had learning from Coach Kines,” Sherman said. “He was one of the most prepared players I have seen make the jump from college to the NFL and I know a lot of that was because of Coach Kines and DeMeco’s desire to work hard and learn.”
Kines came to Alabama after working with Bobby Bowden as the Florida State linebackers coach from 2000 through 2002.
He served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 1995-98 and added the title of assistant head coach for the 1999 campaign.
Kines worked at the University of Arkansas from 1991 through the 1994 season. He was the defensive coordinator in 1991 and took over as the interim head coach one game into the 1992 season. He remained on the Hog staff in 1993 and 1993 as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.
Kines served as the Crimson Tide defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach in 1985 and 1986 for head coach Ray Perkins and followed Perkins to the NFL serving as linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1987-90.
Kines served on the Florida coaching staff from 1979-84 serving as linebackers coach in 1979 and 1980 before being elevated to defensive coordinator from 1981 through 1984. He added the title of assistant head coach for the 1984 season.
He served as the linebackers coach at Clemson in 1977 and 1978.
Kines played collegiate football at Jacksonville State and he was a three-year letterman from 1963-65. After coaching on the high school level, he returned to his alma mater to complete work on a master’s degree and serve as a graduate assistant in 1972-73. He earned the title of defensive coordinator and assistant head coach through the 1976 season.
Kines is married and his wife’s name is Rubye. They have one daughter, Susan, and two grandchildren, Matthew and Joshua.