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CHIP

LINDSEY

O F F E N S I V E C O O R D I N A T O R

QUARTERBACKS

Chip Lindsey enters his first season as

offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. 

“Chip was our top priority when we put together our initial

list of candidates, so I couldn’t be happier that Chip is joining our

family,” head coach Todd Graham said of Lindsey. “Chip turned

down an offer to be the head coach at Eastern Kentucky (to be at

ASU), and he’s made it very clear how excited he is to be coming

to Tempe. Chip is an outstanding developer of quarterbacks and

we have similar offensive philosophies as he worked for Gus

Malzahn at Auburn in 2013. Chip has quickly established himself

as one of the top offensive minds in the nation, and I have no

doubt he is going to do great things with our student-athletes.”

Lindsey spent the past two seasons at Southern Mississippi

as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Golden

Eagles broke five major offensive single-season school records

in 2015, including completions (312), passing yards (4,263),

total offensive yards (6,758), touchdowns (67) and points (528),

as they recorded nine wins, a Conference USA West Division

title, and a berth in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl against the

University of Washington.

“I’m extremely excited to be at Arizona State,” Lindsey

said. “It’s a honor to be on Coach Graham’s staff and to be a

part of the Arizona State family. I have tremendous respect for

the tradition at ASU, and I’m looking forward to building on the

foundation Coach Graham has built over the past four seasons

in Tempe.

Under Lindsey’s guidance, Southern Mississippi ranked

among the best in the nation in 2015 in a number of offensive

categories, including fifth in total touchdowns, seventh in total

points, eighth in total passing yards and completions, and 12th

in points per game and passing yards per game. The Golden

Eagles offense increased its scoring average by more than 21

points per game as they went from 19 points per game in 2014

to 40.6 points per game in 2015, and scored 50 points or more a

school-record five times.

The Golden Eagles tallied nearly 6,800 yards of total offense

in 2015, including more than 4,200 passing yards and just

under 2,500 rushing yards, and were the only school in the

nation with a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and two

1,000-yard rushers.

USM also had a knack for explosive plays in 2015 as they

collected 102 plays of 20-plus yards, the only team in the nation

with more than 100, and they ranked second in the country with

52 plays of 30-plus yards, and fourth with 26 plays of 40-plus

yards and 14 plays of 50-plus yards.

Lindsey’s coaching played a major role in the development

of Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens, who became the

first USM player to be named Offensive Player of the Year in the

school's 20-year history in Conference USA in 2015. Mullens

ranked second in the league in passing yards (4,145) and

touchdown passes (36), and ranked in the top eight in the nation

in both marks in 2015.

Prior to joining Southern Miss in February 2014, Lindsey was

an offensive analyst focused on the wide receivers and passing

game for the 2013 national champion runner-up Auburn Tigers

under head coach Malzahn.

Lindsey put together a successful two-year stint from

2011-12 as the head coach at Spain Park High School in Hoover,

Alabama, including leading the school to its first Class 6A

regional championship.

Lindsey served as quarterbacks coach at Troy University

in 2010 following a long and distinguished career as a prep

coach in football and baseball from 1997-09, including stops at

Lassiter (Ga.), Hoover (Ala.), Colbert Heights (Ala.), Florence

(Ala.), Deshler (Ala.), Sparkman (Ala.) and Springville (Ala.)

High Schools.

Lindsey was a two-time Coach of the Year honoree at Lassiter

High School from 2008-09, where he guided the development

of Parade All-American and Georgia quarterback signee Hutson

Mason, who broke every single-season state passing record in

2009, including passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54).

He went 12-1 and led the school to a regional championship in

2009 en route to state Coach of the Year honors from the Atlanta

Falcons and the Cobb County Touchdown Club. The Associated

Press, Marietta Daily Journal and Cobb County Touchdown Club

named him the 2008 Coach of the Year in Georgia after he guided

Lassiter to the school’s first-ever playoff victory.

Lindsey served as the offensive coordinator for Alabama

powerhouse program Hoover High School in 2007 as the

team finished 10-2 and advanced to the third round of the

state playoffs.

Lindsey’s first experience as a high school head coach came

from 2005-06 at Colbert Heights High School in Tuscumbia, Ala.,

where he earned Coach of the Year honors from the Florence

Times-Daily in 2006. He matched the program’s combined win

total over the previous three seasons in his first year at the helm

in 2005 before he led the school to a 9-3 record and a trip to the

second round of the state playoffs in 2006.

Lindsey spent the 1997-2004 seasons in various assistant

coach roles around the state of Alabama, including Florence,

Deshler, Sparkman, and Springville High Schools.

Lindsey played football at the University of North Alabama

before transferring as a student to Alabama, where he received

his bachelor's degree in history and English in 1997. He earned a

master's in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix

in 2005.

A native of Madison, Alabama, Lindsey graduated from Bob

Jones High, where he was a three-sport letterman. Lindsey

and his wife Cecily have four children: Claire, Caroline, Cooper

and Conner.

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