Auburn, Malzahn Has Found Their Guy
New Offensive Coordinator, Chip Lindsey (Photo: AZCentral/ David Wallace)
After a 10-day search, Auburn Football and Head Coach Gus Malzahn have found the guy that will replace Rhett Lashlee as offensive coordinator. Chip Lindsey, who worked as an offensive analyst at Auburn during the 2013 season, and has now found his way back to the Plains as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Auburn football program. A native of Alabama, Lindsey has taken a very similar path in his coaching career as his new boss, Gus Malzahn. Malzahn began in the High School ranks, before moving into the Division 1 level of College Football as an offensive coordinator, before ultimately taking on a Head Coaching role. Lindsey has served as Head Coach at Colbert Heights High School (2005-2006), and Spain Park High School (2011-2012) in Alabama, with stops in Hoover, Deshler, Sparkman, Florence and Springville High School. He was also the Head Coach at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. There, he was known for working with former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, and former Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason. Mason broke every GHSA passing record during his senior season in 2009. He passed for 4.560 yards and 54 touchdowns that season. Following the 2013 season, Lindsey became the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss, where his biggest accomplishment was leading his offense to nearly 6,800 yards of offense in 2015. That season, Southern Miss became just the second program in NCAA History to have a 4,000 passer, 1,000-yard rusher, and 1,000-yard receiver. Nick Mullens is an example of his role as a quarterback developer. Mullins led Conference USA in passing yards with 4,415 yards and threw 36 touchdown passes en route to picking up a Conference USA Player of the Year honor. From there, Lindsey was hired by Head Coach Todd Graham of Arizona State to serve as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016. Quarterback Manny Wilkins threw for 2,239 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, and five receivers totaled more than 300 yards receiving. In a press release from the Auburn University Athletic Department, Head Coach Gus Malzahn welcomed Lindsey with open arms. “I’m excited to welcome Chip Lindsey to the Auburn family. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our offense and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit. Chip is a man of integrity and character who will fit well within our staff. He has great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and is a rising star in this profession.” Chip Lindsey becomes the second offensive coordinator at Auburn since Head Coach Gus Malzahn took over the program in 2013. He replaces Rhett Lashlee, who announced that he had accepted the role as offensive coordinator at UConn on January 11.