Chip Lindsey, one of the nation’s top innovative offensive minds, has been named Troy University’s 22ndhead football coach, Senior Vice Chancellor for Athletics Jeremy McClain announced Thursday afternoon.
A press conference to introduce Lindsey will take place Friday at 11 a.m. in the Stadium Club of Veterans Memorial Stadium; the press conference will be open to the public and will be streamed live on Facebook (TroyAthletics) and Twitter (TroyTrojansFB).
“I am excited to welcome Chip and his family back home to Troy to continue our standing as one of the premier Group of Five programs in the nation,” McClain said. “Chip is well respected across the state of Alabama and the nation for not only his coaching ability, but also his ability to grow the men in his program and prepare them for life after football. He has a vision and plan for excellence for each segment of this program, and I have the full confidence about the future of Troy Football under his leadership.”
Lindsey, 44, has been the architect of some of the nation’s most electric offenses since moving to the collegiate ranks and comes to Troy with over two decades of coaching experience. He was named the offensive coordinator at Kansas this past December following two seasons at Auburn and one season at Arizona State as both schools’ offensive coordinator.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to be the head football coach at Troy University. I want to thank Chancellor Hawkins, the Board of Trustees and Jeremy McClain for entrusting me with the future of the Troy football program. Our family is beyond excited to come back home to the state of Alabama and to Troy as we continue to build on the foundation that has been laid for this program. I have seen firsthand the passion of Trojan Nation and the student-athletes that represent it. I cannot wait to meet our team and get to work on strengthening our position among the premier Group of Five programs.”
Lindsey inherits a Troy program that has the eighth-most wins nationally (most among G5 programs) over the last three seasons as the Trojans have won 31 games with three bowl victories and posted a school record three consecutive 10-win seasons.
Lindsey’s first stint at Auburn as an offensive analyst resulted in the Tigers winning the SEC Championship and making a BCS National Championship run, while his most recent tenure on The Plains saw Auburn set school records and post one of the best offensive seasons in SEC history.
In 2017, Auburn became just the eighth team in SEC history and the first in Auburn history to rush and pass for 3,000 yards in a season. The Tigers also ranked 26th nationally in total offense and set an Auburn record scoring 327 points in SEC play. Auburn won the SEC West Division after knocking off a pair of top-ranked teams in Georgia and Alabama over a three-week period.
All-SEC quarterback Jarrett Stidham, the second Auburn player ever to throw for 3,000 yards in a season, led the SEC and ranked ninth nationally in completion percentage. Running back Kerryon Johnson was SEC Offensive Player of the Year, and Ryan Davis set an Auburn receiving record with 84 catches.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is my pleasure to welcome Chip and his family home to TROY,” Troy Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., said. “Troy University enjoys a proud tradition of football success that dates to 1909, and Chip Lindsey is the right leader to continue this tradition of excellence. Thanks to Senior Vice Chancellor for Athletics Jeremy McClain for conducting an exhaustive search to identify the best candidate to lead our football program. I am confident that Coach Lindsey will uphold the high standards of TROY football.”
Prior to leaving for Kansas, Lindsey’s final season at Auburn saw the Tigers defeat Pac-12 Champion Washington and nationally-ranked Texas A&M.
Lindsey returned to Auburn from Arizona State, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016. The Sun Devils started 5-1 before losing three quarterbacks to injury; running back Kalen Ballage tied an NCAA record scoring eight touchdowns in a 68-55 win over Texas Tech.
As offensive coordinator at Southern Miss from 2014-15, he developed the Conference USA 2015 Offensive Player of the Year and current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, who ranked second in the league in passing yards (4,145) and TD passes (36), and ranked in the top eight in the nation in both marks in 2015.
The Southern Miss offense broke five single-season school records in 2015: completions (312), passing yards (4,263), total offense yards (6,758), touchdowns (67) and points (528), as the Golden Eagles recorded nine wins, a Conference USA West title, and a berth in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl against Washington.
Lindsey’s 2015 Golden Eagle offense ranked fifth in the nation in total touchdowns, seventh in total points, eighth in total passing yards and completions, and 12th in points per game and passing yards per game. The 2015 Golden Eagles tallied more than 4,200 passing yards and just under 2,500 rushing yards. The national leader with 102 explosive plays, Southern Miss was just the second school in FBS history with a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and two 1,000-yard rushers.
Prior to his first stint at Auburn, from 2011-12, Lindsey served as head coach at Spain Park (Ala.) High School, leading the school to its first 6A regional championship.
Lindsey served as quarterbacks coach at Troy in 2010, following a long and distinguished career as a prep coach (1997-2009) in football and baseball. At Troy, he coached the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Corey Robinson and helped guide the Trojans to their fifth consecutive Sun Belt Championship. Robinson set a school record for completions (321) that season while his 3,726 passing yards rank as the second most in Troy history; he threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns in Troy’s New Orleans Bowl victory. The Trojans totaled the second most passing touchdowns (33) and most completions (340) in a season in school history.
A two-time coach of the year honoree (2008-09) at Lassiter (Ga.) High School, he guided the development of Parade All-American Hutson Mason, who broke every single-season state passing record in 2009, including passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54), and Phillip Lutzenkirchen who would break tight end records at Auburn. The Trojans went 12-1 and won a regional championship in 2009, and Lindsey received state coach of the year honors from the Atlanta Falcons and the Cobb County Touchdown Club. The Associated Press, Marietta Daily Journal and Cobb County Touchdown Club named him the 2008 Georgia Coach of the Year.
Lindsey served as offensive coordinator at Hoover (Ala.) High School in 2007 as the team finished 10-2 and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs. Lindsey’s first experience as a head coach came from 2005-06 at Colbert Heights (Ala.) High School, where he earned 2006 Coach of the Year honors from the Florence Times-Daily.
Lindsey spent the 1997-2004 seasons as an assistant coach, including Florence, Deshler, Sparkman, and Springville High Schools in Alabama.
Lindsey played football at the University of North Alabama before transferring as a student to Alabama, where he received his bachelor’s degree in history and English in 1997. He earned a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2005.
A native of Madison, Ala., Lindsey graduated from Bob Jones High School, where he was a three-sport letterman.
Lindsey and his wife Cecily have four children: Claire, Caroline, Cooper and Conner.
Chip Lindsey Coaching Timeline
|1997-98||Springville (Ala.) HS||Assistant Coach|
|1998-2000||Sparkman (Ala.) HS||Assistant Coach|
|2000-04||Deshler (Ala.) HS||Assistant Coach|
|2004-05||Florence (Ala.) HS||Assistant Coach|
|2005-06||Colbert Heights (Ala.) HS||Head Coach|
|2007||Hoover (Ala.) HS||Offensive Coordinator|
|2008-09||Lassiter (Ga.) HS||Head Coach|
|2011-12||Spain Park (Ala.) HS||Head Coach|
|2014-15||Southern Miss||Offensive Coordinator / QBs|
|2016||Arizona State||Offensive Coordinator|