Feb. 18, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. –
The Florida State University athletics department announced Monday the elevation of Mickey Andrews to Associate Head Coach, Billy Sexton to Assistant Head Coach and the hiring of Jody Allen as defensive ends coach.
“I hated to see Jim (Gladden) go but there is a time and place for everything,” said Head Coach Bobby Bowden. “I’ve never coached a day at FSU without Jim Gladden at my side. He was, and will remain, our most popular coach. Extreme loyalty and hard work were his trademarks. He produced All-American players and was a very successful recruiter. We will surely miss him on the field, but he’ll still be working with FSU.”
Replacing Gladden as defensive ends coach will be Jody Allen, 41, who was a graduate assistant on the FSU staff for the last two seasons working with the defensive backs and brings 10 years of experience on the Division 1A level. A 1983 graduate of Valdosta State University, Allen was an assistant at Valdosta State in 1999. He coached at Griffin (GA) High School in 1998 and Murray State University in 1997. Prior to those stints he coached two years in the Canadian Football League with the Shreveport Pirates (1995) and BC Lions in 1994. He was wide receivers coach at Arkansas State in 1992 and in 1993 became the offensive coordinator. He coached receivers and running backs at Ole Miss during his tenure there from 1987-91. Allen was a graduate assistant at Alabama in 1984-85 before coaching the wide receivers for the Crimson Tide in 1986.
“I prefer to hire from within when I can as I did in the past with Jim Gladden, Brad Scott, Mark Richt, John Lilly and others,” said Bowden. “They all came up through our ranks. Jody Allen will coach our defensive ends and he has shown in his two years here that he is more than capable. I’ve given him responsibilities here that I had never left to a graduate assistant before. He did a superb job last season and our defensive staff all endorsed him strongly.”
Mickey Andrews will remain FSU’s defensive coordinator and coach the secondary, but will add the duties of Associate Head Coach. Among his increased duties will be to take on the responsibility of representing the head coach in his absence in all media and public relations matters. He will also evaluate Jeff Bowden annually.
Billy Sexton was promoted to Assistant Head Coach and he will handle many administrative duties in addition to continuing to coach the Seminole running backs.