New Man on Campus?
Did you hear that Auburn hired another coach?
Without much fan fare Auburn hired another football coach. Spain Park (Ala.) High School head coach Chip Lindsey has accepted an off-the-field coaching position with the Auburn football program and will start working with the Tigers on Monday.
Who is Chip Lindsey? And what is his talent?
Lindsey is considered a mastermind of the spread offense, particularly the Tony Franklin attack and schemes used by former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. Hmmm.
Well before he was an unheralded hire for Auburn last year Chip led the Spain Park High School football team to their first 6A Regional Championship before losing to Carver-Montgomery in the State playoffs. They finished the season a respectable 10-3.
Coaching football was his day job. Apparently at night he tutors quarterbacks. Specifically he coached Southern Mississippi quarterback signee Nick Mullens the last two seasons. Mullens racked up 3,649 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2012, throwing only seven interceptions. Mullens’ yardage total was the fifth highest single season total in Alabama football history. Mullens’ 8,605 career passing yards rank 7th all-time in AHSAA history.
In 2010 he was the Quarterbacks coach at Troy State. Lindsey tutored Sunbelt Conference Freshman Player of the Year, quarterback Corey Robinson, who helped lead the Trojans to a share of their fifth consecutive Sunbelt Title. The freshman led the Sunbelt Conference in passing yards, completions, attempts and touchdown passes for the 2010 season. Robinson completed 321 passes in 505 attempts for 3,726 yards while throwing 28 TDs and 15 INT. Robinson finished his remarkable freshman campaign by earning the New Orleans Bowl MVP by throwing for 387 yards and 4 TD passes in the Trojan’s 48-21 Victory.
Before his first coaching gig in college Lindsey enjoyed a ten year coaching spree in the high school ranks. He was the head coach at Lassiter (Ga.) High School in 2008-09, leading the team to a 10-0 record and region championship in 2009. The team advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history and finished the year at 12-1. Lindsey was 21-4 in two years at Lassiter.
Lindsey went to Lassiter from Hoover (Ala.) High School, where he coordinated the offensive attack under head coach Rush Propst. Lindsey was the Buccaneers offensive coordinator in 2007, going 10-2 and advancing to the third round of the state playoffs.
In 2005-06, Lindsey coached at Colbert Heights (Ala.) High School. Lindsey inherited a program that had won five games in the previous three seasons. Colbert Heights finished 2005 season with a 5-5 record and finished the 2006 season with a 9-3 record advancing to the second round of the AHSAA playoffs. Lindsey’s squad won nine games for the first time in school history and won first ever playoff game in school history. Quarterback Jeremy Yates threw for over 6,000 yards and 64 touchdowns in those two years.
Lindsey was the offensive coordinator at Florence (Ala.) High School in 2004, assistant football coach at Deshler (Ala.) High School from 2000-04, and assistant football coach at Sparkman (Ala.) High School from 1998-2000.
So what is going to do for Auburn again? Lindsey will assist in developing the wide receivers and help in recruiting efforts. Lindsey’s addition is part of the process of Auburn head coach Gus Mulzahn to enhance his off-the-field coaching staff with talented and experienced coaches.
Anyone remember the article the other day? – “CHANGE” HAS NEVER SOUNDED SO GOOD!
This action is proof positive that Auburn is on track to execute this concept. Regardless, on the field, off the field it makes no never mind! Welcome to Auburn Chip! And War Eagle!!