HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss announced Tuesday the hiring of Chip Lindsey as assistant football coach, who will serve as both the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the program.
"Chip is an outstanding coach who has an impressive track record leading him here to Southern Miss," said Golden Eagle coach Todd Monken. "We share similar philosophies on offense and he has had success moving the football everywhere he has been in his career."
Lindsey comes to Southern Miss after spending the 2013 season with the national champion runner-up Auburn Tigers as an analyst for the offense, concentrating on the wide receivers and passing game.
Lindsey joined Auburn after a successful two-year stint at Spain Park (Ala.) High School in Hoover, where he was head coach in 2011-12 and led the Jaguars to their first Class 6A regional championship in program history. He coached Golden Eagle quarterback Nick Mullens during his time there.
He served as quarterbacks coach at Troy University in 2010, following up a long list of accomplishments as a prep coach in football and baseball from 1997-2009, which included stops at Lassiter (Ga.), Hoover (Ala.), Colbert Heights (Ala.), Florence (Ala.), Deshler (Ala.), Sparkman (Ala.) and Springville (Ala.) High Schools.
As head coach at Colbert Heights, a playoff run made him the Florence Times-Daily's 2006 Coach of the Year. As head coach at Lassiter, he led the Trojans to their first-ever playoff victory in 2008; he was named state coach of the year by the Associated Press, as well as Cobb County coach of the year by the Marietta Daily Journal and Cobb County Touchdown Club. He posted a 12-1 season and regional championship at Lassiter in 2009, winning state coach of the year honors from the Atlanta Falcons and repeating the Cobb County awards.
At Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga., he was the head coach from 2008-09. In 2009, Lindsey led Lassiter to a perfect regular season record of 10-0 and the school's first-ever region championship.
The team advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history and finished the year at 12-1. For his efforts, Lindsey was named the Marietta Daily Journal Cobb County Coach of the Year, Cobb County Touchdown Club Coach of the Year and Atlanta Falcons Class AAAAA Coach of the Year.
In his first season at the helm of Lassiter, Lindsey engineered a nine win season after taking over in February. The win total was the highest in school history and he also coached the team to its first-ever playoff victory. He earned the first of two consecutive MDJ Cobb County and Cobb County Touchdown Club Coach of the Year awards. He was also named Georgia's 2008 Associated Press Coach of the Year.
While at Lassiter High, Lindsey guided the development Parade All-American and Georgia quarterback signee Hutson Mason. Mason broke every single-season state passing record in 2009 including passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54).
Prior to his appointment at Lassiter, Lindsey served as the offensive coordinator in 2007 at Alabama powerhouse program Hoover High School. Under his guidance on offense, the team finished the season 10-2 and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs.
Lindsey's first experience as a high school head coach came from 2005-06 as the lead man at Colbert Heights High School in Tuscumbia, Ala.
There he inherited a program that had won a combined five games over its three previous seasons. All Lindsey did was match that win total with a 5-5 season in 2005, then follow that up with a 9-3 season in 2006 that included a trip to the second round of the state playoffs.
Nine wins was the most in Colbert Heights' history. The season also included the school's first-ever playoff victory. The turnaround at Colbert Heights garnered Lindsey his first coaching award as the Florence Times-Daily made him its 2006 1A-3A Coach of the Year.
Lindsey spent the 1997-2004 seasons in various assistant coach roles around the state of Alabama including Florence (Ala.), Deshler (Ala.), Sparkman (Ala.) and Springville (Ala.) High Schools.
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. In 2005, he earned a master's in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix.
A native of Madison, Ala., he graduated from Bob Jones High, where he was a three-sport letterman. Lindsey and his wife Cecily have four children: Claire, Caroline, Cooper and Conner.
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