WACO, TEXAS— Joe Kines, a long time assistant coach, is this year’s recipient of the AFCA Outstanding Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Kines during the AFCA President’s Kickoff Luncheon on January 13, 2014 at the AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The AFCA Board of Trustees created the Outstanding Achievement Award in order to recognize AFCA members, past and present, who have achieved outstanding success while coaching football.
“I was just going to work everyday. I’m so thrilled to receive this honor,” said Kines. “God blessed me beyond my wildest dreams. Fortunately, I never worked at a bad school. I worked with some great teams and some great players.”
Kines was born in a train car in 1944 between Cedartown, Georgia and Piedmont, Alabama. He went to Jacksonville State in Alabama, where he played football and obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Kines first entered into the coaching profession at the high school level, where he stayed for five years before heading back to his alma mater to become the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in 1976. He moved on to Clemson in 1977 to become the linebacker’s coach under Charley Pell, where the Tigers emerged to have some of their best years in a decade, becoming the ACC conference champions in 1978 and earning bowl berths both years.
Kines left the Tigers in 1979 and followed Charley Pell to Gainesville, Florida, where he would serve the Gators as a linebacker coach and defensive coordinator. After a rough introductory year at Florida, Kines and the Gators put together some impressive seasons, making it to four straight bowl games and winning two of them. Kines saw his self drawn back to the state of Alabama in 1985, where the Crimson Tide and head coach Ray Perkins recruited him to be their inside linebackers coach and defensive coordinator. Kines’ defense helped the Tide win two straight bowl games and impressed Perkins so much that he brought Kines with him to the NFL when he went to coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After four years in the league with the Buccaneers, Kines returned to college ball to run the Arkansas Razorbacks defense under head coach Jack Crowe and even took over as interim head coach in 1992.
Kines went to Georgia in 1995 to act as assistant head coach as well as defensive coordinator and defensive ends coach under Ray Goff and Jim Doonan where the Bulldogs went to five straight bowl games and won four straight. At the turn of the century, Kines moved on to coach at Florida State as the linebackers coach under defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, whom Kines had served with on three separate occasions before, and legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. Kines helped the Seminoles on their way to two straight national championship games, winning in 2000 against Virginia Tech and losing to Oklahoma in 2001. He returned to Alabama as defensive coordinator under Mike Shula from 2003 to 2006 before serving as interim head coach for the Tide in the Independence Bowl and moving to an administrative role in 2007.
In 2008, Kines returned to coaching as the defensive coordinator of Mike Sherman’s Texas A&M Aggies. After two years with Sherman, Kines retired for good, moving back to Alabama with his wife, Rubye.
Past Outstanding Achievement Award winners include: Tim Marcum, Tampa Bay Storm (2003); Joe Moore, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, University of Notre Dame (2005); Homer Smith, Davidson College, Pacific University, U.S. Military Academy (2006); Ted Kempski, University of Delaware (2007); Ken Donahue, University of Alabama, University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, Mississippi State University (2008); Roland Christensen, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Winona State University (2009); and Bill Hickey, University of Notre Dame, Coast Guard Academy, Swarthmore College and Princeton University (2012).
The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”