Spain Park's Lindsey To Join Auburn Staff

Spain Park Head Coach Chip Lindsey will join the Auburn staff in an off-the-field role and the former Troy assistant says he's excited about the opportunity.

Hoover, Ala.—A coach known for being a part of powerful offenses at both the high school and collegiate levels, Spain Park Head Coach Chip Lindsey is expected to be officially hired atAuburn to join Gus Malzahn's staff in a still yet undefined off-the-field role. In a move that he says just made sense, Lindsey says it was a tough decision to leave such a wonderful place as Spain Park, but in the end everything about the move was the right fit for him and his family.

"I'm just lucky I guess," Lindsey says. "It was just one of those deals. A couple of days ago I talked with Coach Malzahn and it just seemed like a really good deal idea for me and my family. I'm excited to be a part of the Auburn Family. I'm ready to get to work.

"I told somebody earlier that I would not have left Spain Park for any other job I don't think other than a place like Auburn," he adds. "Getting a chance to be a part of Coach Malzahn's staff and the things he stands for and the things that staff stands for is just going to be a lot of fun. It's very impressive. I'm honored to be a part of it and I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to help out."

Starting his coaching career as an assistant at Springville before moving to Sparkman, Deshler and Florence along the way, Lindsey got his first head coaching gig at Colbert Heights in 2005. In 2007 he moved to Hoover and was the offensive coordinator for the Bucs for one season before going to Lassiter High in Georgia in 2008 where he coached Philip Lutzenkirchen. In two seasons at Lassiter he was 21-4 before moving to the college ranks in 2010 to coach with Larry Blakeney at Troy.

Being able to get a feel for Malzahn and company while Lutzenkirchen was playing for him at Auburn, Lindsey says he couldn't imagine working for a better man and staff than he'll be with at Auburn.

"I think the biggest thing is the kind of person he is," Lindsey says. "College football is a unique occupation for sure. I think the opportunity to get to work for really good people is something that is extremely important and I've had that chance twice with Larry Blakeney at Troy and now Coach Malzahn at Auburn. It's just an attractive thing to go and try to help learn the Auburn way and what his vision is for Auburn. I'm excited to be a part of it."

Coaching freshman quarterback Corey Robinson, Lindsey helped him earn Sunbelt Conference Freshman Player of the Year honors as he threw for 3,726 yards and 28 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. In the New Orleans Bowl he earned MVP honors by throwing for 387 yards and four touchdowns.

Going back to the high school ranks in 2011 when he was named the head coach at Spain Park, Lindsey helped the Jaguars to their first-ever Class 6A Region Championship in 2012.


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