October 31, 2014

Furman hires new defensive line coach

Jimmy Lindsey

Furman head football coach Bruce Fowler announced today the hiring of Jimmy Lindsey as the Paladins’ new defensive line coach, replacing Ricky Logo, who accepted a similar position at the University of Houston last month.

“Jimmy Lindsey is a successful, highly regarded coach we are very happy to have joining our football program at Furman,” said Fowler on Friday.

Lindsey recently completed his second season as defensive line and special teams coach at Chattanooga, his alma mater. In the short stint at UTC, the second of his coaching career, he helped mold a Mocs’ defensive front into one of the best in the Southern Conference in 2011, evidenced by Chattanooga leading the SoCon in a number of categories, including scoring defense (19.7 ppg), total defense (305.3 ypg), passing defense (140.8 ypg), passing defense efficiency (100.1 rating), opponent third downs (15.1 avg), opponent third down percentage (33.5 percent), and opponent fourth down percentage (38.1 percent).

Four of Lindsey’s players earned All-SoCon honors a year ago, including Josh Williams, a first team selection, and three newcomers — Josh Freeman, Keyon Reed, and Davis Tull — were named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team.

Lindsey served as an assistant coach at Tennessee-Martin in 2009 after working two seasons (2007-08) as defensive ends coach at Miami (Ohio), where in his first year he helped the Redhawks pace the Mid-America Conference (MAC) in six statistical categories, among which were rushing defense, total defense, scoring defense, and sacks. He also served as co-special teams coordinator in charge of kickoff and punt return units.

Before Miami he spent four years at Gardner-Webb (2003-06) coaching the defensive line and linebackers while also serving as recruiting coordinator. Harold Wells, one of Lindsey’s products, was named 2004 I-AA (FCS) Football Gazette National Defensive Lineman of the Year, and defensive end Brian Johnston was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.

Lindsey went to Gardner-Webb from Chattanooga, where he coached UTC linebacker Josh Cain to second team All-American honors in 2002. He spent the 2000 & ‘01 seasons as a restricted earnings coach on the Mocs’ staff.

The young coach played linebacker at Chattanooga and served as a team captain in 1999, his senior season. He was a three-time member of the Dean’s List and 1999 recipient of UTC’s Marco Sheppard Mr. Hustle Award.

Lindsey, who graduated from Chattanooga in 2001 with a degree in sports administration, has served NFL Minority Coaching Internships with the Denver Broncos (2010), Detroit Lions (2008), and Cleveland Browns (2006)

He has a daughter, Kiara, 12.