Texas State announced on Friday the hiring of G.J. Kinne as the Bobcats’ next head football coach. Kinne spent the 2022 season as head coach at FCS Incarnate Word (TX), going 10-1 (5-1) and earning a share of the Southland Conference title.
“We are beyond excited to have G.J. lead the next era of Texas State football,” AD Don Coryell said. “We had a tremendous pool of candidates and interest in this role, and Coach Kinne stood out from them all as he is a proven mastermind behind a new-wave offense, a champion with an NFL background, and has a pedigree rooted in Texas. He is also a believer in a player-focused culture and full player development, which benefits our student-athletes as they fight and represent Texas State University on and off the field. We are poised for new heights at Texas State, and Coach Kinne rose to the top as the right leader for the Bobcats.”
Before UIW, Kinne spent one year each as the OC at UCF (2021) and Hawaii (2020). At just 34 years old, he has not been coaching long – he started in 2017 after six seasons bouncing around various NFL, UFL and CFL rosters. Kinne is a Texas-native who played his collegiately at Tulsa, where he was a three-year starter at quarterback.
“It’s with great honor that I’m accepting the call to be next head football coach of the Texas State Bobcats,” Kinne said in a statement. “My family and I cannot wait to start the next chapter of our lives in San Marcos. Thank you to President Damphousse and Don Coryell for affording me an opportunity of a lifetime. I’m excited to hit the ground running and compete for championships. We are going to surround our players with excellent coaches, who down to their roots are teachers at heart. We are going to play fast, have relentless energy, and when the going gets tough, have the mental confidence to win tight games in the second half and represent the state of Texas. Eat ‘Em Up!”
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