July 14, 1999
John Lilly begins his fifth season with the Florida State football
program and his second as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
John was named a full-time assistant coach in January of 1998 and has
headed the efforts in recruiting the last two classes at Florida State
which have both been ranked among the nation’s best.
Lilly’s transition from coaching the defensive backfield with
Mickey Andrews to working with the Seminole tight ends has been an easy
one. He served as a graduate assistant in 1996 and 1997 under Andrews,
after coming to FSU as the defenses’ videographer in 1995.
While Lilly must replace Myron Jackson who started every game at
tight end last year, he welcomes back a very athletic group at the position
who may prove as dangerous in the passing game as they are as blockers.
Nick Franklin and Patrick Hughes both managed considerable playing time
last year and they will battle for starting honors in the fall.
A 1990 graduate of Guilford College, Lilly was a dean’s list
student all four years while playing quarterback, wide reciever and special
teams for the Quakers from 1986-89. He was named the “ideal Guilford
College football player” as a senior and was a team captain at the North
A native of Beckley, W.V., Lilly graduated from Woodrow Wilson High
where he played quarterback for one of the state’s top high school
Lilly joined the Florida State football family in 1994 after
coaching and teaching at Northwest Guilford High in Greensboro, NC, from