|Title:||Interim Head Coach|
|Previous College:||Wisconsin-Platteville '88|
H.T. Kinney begins his second season as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Missouri Southern. He came to Southern after a season at Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater.
In his first season as the offensive coordinator, Kinnney saw nine Lions named All-MIAA, with running back Chris Barnwell earning All-Region and All-American honors. Giresse Forchu was an Academic All-District selection and the Lions ended the 2013 campaign as Division II’s leader in time of possession, holding onto the ball for an average of 35:14 each game. Southern also ranked second nationally in both rushing yardage and fewest passes intercepted. In all, the Lions ranked in the top ten nationally in nine different categories, while ranking 14th in turnovers lost.
The Lions, in one fewer game, destroyed the old rushing record set in 2012 (3,043) by rushing for 3,684 yards in 2013. The team also broke a record set in 2012 in largest gain per rush by averaging 6.2 yards per carry, while also breaking the record for rushing attempts with 597. The Lions broke the single-game rushing record with 607 yards put up against Lincoln in 2013, besting the old record by more than 100 yards.
"I'm very excited to bring in a coach of H.T.'s caliber to our program," Daye said. "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 adding 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.
Prior to that, he spent eight years as a coach at Nichols 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. At Nichols, the Colonels ranked in the top 15 in Division I FCS in rushing offense each season. In 2005 the team advanced to the FCS playoffs where they rushed for 3,648 yards and 38 touchdowns, and were ranked second nationally.
Prior to Nicholls, Kinney coached two seasons at Hofstra as the running backs coach, but before that, he served his first term at Liberty, coaching seven seasons on the offensive side of the ball. There he was an assistant with Daye under Sam Rutigliano.
Prior to his first stint at Liberty, Kinney coached at Wagner for two years as secondary/special teams coach (1991-92). In 1989 and 1990, Kinney spent two years in an Italian professional league, where he was the defensive coordinator with the Bologna Rebels in 1989 and the head coach for the Tolentino Orange Blades in 1990.
Kinney broke into the college coaching rankings in 1988, when he served as an assistant coach at Monmouth College, where he worked with the linebackers and special teams.
Kinney is a 1988 graduate of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he was a four-year starter for the Pioneers, earning his undergraduate degree in health and physical education. In 1993, Kinney earned a 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).