Hopson Adds Pair to Football Coaching Staff
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Head Southern Miss football coach Jay Hopson announced a pair of additions to his football staff -- Desmond Lindsey and Wes Turner. Lindsey will serve as the tight ends coach, while Turner will be the director of player personnel.
Desmond Lindsey, Tight Ends Coach
Lindsey comes to Southern Miss after serving as the assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and wide receiver's coach at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga.
During the 2015 season, the Wolves posted a record of 12-2 including a Gulf South Conference mark of 6-1. UWG shared the 2015 Gulf South Conference Title with North Alabama.
The 2015 season marked the fifth straight for Lindsey in the role of assistant head coach to Will Hall. He served in that capacity for the final three of his six seasons on the staff at GSC rival West Alabama. That three-year stint produced a record of 25-11 and two conference titles.
Lindsey's record of success continued as the Wolves made their deepest playoff run in the program's Division II history in 2014. A big part of that success was Lindsey's work on the offensive staff, and with players throughout the roster who were part of the UWG program through his efforts as recruiting coordinator.
The 2015 season marked Lindsey's ninth season in the nation's pre-eminent Division II league. Before his days at UWG and West Alabama, he served on the staff at Arkansas-Monticello, a former GSC member. He also coached at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the rugged juco league in the state of Mississippi.
In May 2012, Lindsey was selected to participate in the NFL / NCAA Football Academy in Dallas, Texas. The program was developed to provide 30 coaches from NCAA schools and 30 from NFL teams with the necessary tools and networking opportunities that will enhance their chances at success in the football coaching industry. Lindsey has twice participated in the Bill Walsh NFL Coaches Fellowship Program. He worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 and with the Tennessee Titans in 2013.
Lindsey is a 2004 graduate of West Alabama, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He earned his master's degree from UWA in 2009. Lindsey is married to the former Sherita Daniels.
During his tenure with Alcorn State, he helped Hopson lead the Braves to a 32-17 record and consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference championships in 2014 and 2015. Alcorn State also recorded at least nine victories in each of his last three seasons, including a 10-3 mark in 2014 and following this season, the Braves played in the inaugural Celebration Bowl, a postseason football bowl featuring two standout programs from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
Turner served in multiple capacities, including linebackers coach, nickels coach, director of operations, videographer, and recruiting coordinator at Alcorn State.
Prior to joining the Braves staff, he worked with the University of Memphis football staff as a defensive graduate assistant after spending the previous three years on the coaching staff at Georgia Southern.
At Georgia Southern, Turner served as a defensive assistant coach working with the defensive backs. In 2009, the Eagles' defense averaged 6.2 TFL and 1.9 sacks per game. The defense had two players named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team and one to the All-Conference first team. In 2008, Turner worked on a defensive staff that, playing as many as nine true-freshmen on a consistent basis, saved its best performance for last in a 17-10 win at No. 14 Furman to close out the season with a winning record. The 10 points allowed were the fewest by an opponent since October 2005. The defense saw a league-best four rookies named to the inaugural SoCon All-Freshman Team in 2008. As a defensive unit, the Eagles ranked 22nd in TFL per game (7.0) and 26th in sacks per game (2.4) in the nation.
During the 2007 season, the Eagles' defense ranked 14th nationally in turnover margin, a +1.09 per game average. That impressive average was a result of the team's rank of 56th in passes intercepted, 17th in fumbles recovered, and 37th in turnovers gained. Overall, the defensive unit recorded 65 TFL, 19 sacks, 11 interceptions and 56 pass break ups.
Turner lettered three years and spent five years in all with the Georgia Southern football program. The one-time walk-on joined the team in the fall of 2002. He redshirted that year and then saw action in six games his redshirt-freshman year. As a sophomore in 2004, he played in nine games, becoming a valuable member of the special teams unit and helping the Eagles qualify for the playoffs. He recorded three tackles on special teams that season. After missing the 2005 campaign, Turner returned the following season and played in eight games. Again, he provided senior leadership on special teams, ranking among the leaders in tackles in 2006 and earning the Special Teams Captain Award.
Turner joined the Eagles after a standout career at Collins Hill High School. He earned Gwinnett County Player of the Month honors during his junior year. He also lettered three times in baseball, being named to the All-Atlanta team and played with Team Georgia.
Turner graduated in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in general studies from Georgia Southern. He is married to Stephanie Turner. The couple have two daughters, Taylor and Peyton.
Southern Miss Football Staff
Jay Hopson - Head Coach
Shannon Dawson - Offensive Coordinator
Tony Pecoraro - Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
John Wozniak - Special Teams Coordinator / Wide Receivers
Tim Billings - Assistant Coach
Dan Disch - Assistant Coach / Secondary
Desmond Lindsey - Assistant Coach / Tight Ends
Derek Nicholson - Assistant Coach / Defensive Line
Lytrel Pollard - Assistant Coach
Jack Wright - Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
Wes Turner - Director of Player Personnel