The Joplin Globe
H.T. Kinney has been hired as assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator at Missouri Southern, Lions head coach Daryl Daye has announced.
Kinney comes joins the Lions after a season at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater, and he has Division I experience at Liberty, Nicholls State, Wagner and Hofstra. He will serve as the passing game coach, while Bob Howell will continue to head up the running game.
“I'm very excited to bring in a coach of H.T.'s caliber to our program,” Daye said in a news release. “I've known him for a long time and have had the chance to work with him on a few different occasions. He's a very loyal man and will be a great fit for both the MSSU football program, as well as the Joplin community.”
In 2012 at UWW, Kinney helped the Warhawks to a 7-3 mark and a 5-2 record in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. UWW threw the ball for 1,688 yards and rushed for 1,872, while scoring 13 touchdowns both rushing and passing.
Before UWW, Kinney was the run game coordinator, as well as the tight ends and fullbacks coach for both the 2010 and 2011 seasons at Liberty, his second stint at the school.
He spent eight years as a coach at Nicholls State University, serving as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach during his tenure. He was an assistant under Daye in Daye's final season at Nicholls.
Prior to Nicholls, Kinney coached two seasons at Hofstra as the running backs coach, and he had seven years at Liberty as an assistant with Daye at Liberty under former NFL coach Sam Rutigliano.
Kinney also coached defensive backs and special teams at Wagner in 1991-92, and he was linebackers and special teams coach at Monmouth in 1988.
In between, he spent two years in the Italian professional league as defensive coordinator of the Bologna Rebels in 1989 and head coach of the Tolentino Orange Blades in 1990.
Kinney is a 1988 graduate of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he was a four-year starter for the Pioneers. He earned his undergraduate degree in health and physical education and his master's degree in education from Wagner.
A native of Monmouth, Ill., Kinney is married to the former Christine Richard. The couple has two children: a daughter, Colby (18) and a son, Christian (9).