Moving On Up: Lindsey to College Coordinator

Auburn football staff member Chip Lindsey talks about his opportunity to be offensive coordinator at Southern Miss.

Auburn, Ala.--Chip Lindsey, an offensive analyst for Gus Malzahn's record-setting 2013 Auburn offense, will now have a chance to coordinate a college offense after accepting a job at Southern Miss.

Lindsey was a successful high school coach at Spain Park in Birmingham when he took a job with Malzahn's new Auburn staff for the 2013 season and it didn't take him long to move up the collegiate coaching ladder.

"I am really excited about the job and it is a great opportunity," Lindsey says. "It is another step in my career. I am just really looking forward to getting started down there and getting back on the field."

Lindsey will also be in charge of the quarterbacks for Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken and the returning starter happens to be Nick Mullens, who played for Lindsey at Spain Park High.

"I got to know (Coach Monken) when he was recruiting Nick in high school," Lindsey says. "He and I just hit it off really well and stayed in touch throughout the year. We just wished each other luck every week and kind of traded ideas some."

Lindsey notes that he is familiar with what the Golden Eagles are doing offensively and says that is probably one of the reasons he was considered for the coordinator job.

"The offense they run at Southern Miss is the same one I have been running since 2004 when I was in high school," Lindsey points out. "When I was at Troy we were in the same offense. I have a lot of familiarity with what they are doing and I think that was a factor. I think it is going to be a great fit."

The coach says he enjoyed his season on the AU football staff as the Tigers posted a 12-2 record and won the SEC championship while narrowly losing to Florida State in the BCS Championship Game. Auburn had the biggest one season turnaround record-wise in SEC history.

"It was an unbelievable experience getting to know the guys on the Auburn staff," he says. "It was just a real blessing. There are a lot of great guys on the staff who are also great football coaches.

"I can't thank Coach Malzahn enough for giving me the opportunity," Lindsey adds. "It was definitely a year that none of us will ever forget.

"The favorite part of the season for me was watching how much that team improved from spring ball to making it to the national championship game," he says. "Watching a bunch of guys believe in the head coach, his vision, and the whole staff was a neat thing to see, to experience and be a part of."

Another one of Malzahn's analysts he brought in from the high school ranks last year, Dell McGee, has taken a job as the running backs coach at Georgia Southern.

Al Pogue

Also, Al Pogue, who Malzahn hired from the high school ranks to be director of high school relations, has been hired as cornerbacks coach at Troy.

Pogue was a successful coach at Carver in Montgomery and McGee was a successful high school coach at Carver of Columbus, Ga.

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