Texas State hires new head football coach GJ Kinne

Texas State has hired GJ Kinne as their next head football coach. 

Kinne was the coach at the University of Incarnate Word, a member of the Southland Conference. The team went 10-1 and made the FCS Playoffs in Kinne's first season. He will remain with UIW through its run in the FCS Playoffs.

"Hey Bobcat Nation, this is your new head football coach GJ Kinne. I'm a proud Texan, I chose to stay in this great state, and with your support, I know we can take this program to new heights. You can expect us to play fast, play with great energy and fight to the very end. Can't wait to meet you all soon. It's a great day to be a Bobcat, eat em up!" Kinne said when news of his hiring was first announced.

The 34-year-old signed a five-year deal with Texas State. Kinne will be the 21st head coach in program history. 

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Kinne, turned 34 on December 1, and played in the NFL and CFL before embarking on a coaching career with stops at SMU, Arkansas, the Philadelphia Eagles, Hawaii, UCF, and UIW. He replaces Jake Spatival who was released last month.

The Bobcats ended their 2022 season 4-8. This was their second-straight 4-8 season.

In Spatival's four years as head coach, the Bobcats went 13-35 and never had a winning record.