Martindale spent the past three seasons at Western Kentucky, serving as the Hilltoppers' defensive coordinator last season. Under Martindale, Western Kentucky ranked sixth in I-AA football in total defense and 14th in scoring defense. He also helped produce a group of linebackers that were considered among I-AA's best.
The 40-year old Martindale spent the first two seasons as Western Kentucky's inside linebackers coach. In 2002, his unit played a key role in helping Western Kentucky capture the NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship.
Martindale entered the coaching ranks as an assistant at his alma mater, Defiance College in Ohio, in 1986. In 1987, he was defensive coordinator at Defiance then spent the next six years coaching at the competitive Ohio high school level.
The Dayton, Ohio native spent two seasons as a defensive assistant at Notre Dame from 1994-95, helping the Irish earn a berth in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl and the 1996 Orange Bowl. Martindale then coached defensive ends at the University of Cincinnati in 1996 before spending the 1997 and '98 seasons as the Bearcats' linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
He helped Cincinnati appear in a Bowl—the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl—for the first time in 50 years as the defense was in the top five nationally both versus the run and in forced turnovers while the special teams topped the conference in at least one category in both seasons he mentored the group. In 1999, Martindale was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Western Illinois before moving on to Western Kentucky.
In addition, Dan Ventrelle joins the Silver and Black. Ventrelle is a young, dynamic, outstanding lawyer who most recently was with the San Francisco firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin. Ventrelle will handle internal and transactional work for the team.