Chip Lindsey returned to Auburn in January, 2017, as offensive coordinator for Coach Gus Malzahn. Lindsey, who has 20 years of coaching experience, was on the Auburn staff as an offensive analyst during the Tigers' run to the SEC championship and BCS National Championship game in 2013.
Lindsey returned to Auburn from Arizona State, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016. The Sun Devils started the season 5-1 before losing three quarterbacks to injury; running back Kalen Ballage tied an NCAA record scoring eight touchdowns in a 68-55 win over Texas Tech.
As offensive coordinator at Southern Miss from 2014-15, he developed the Conference USA 2015 Offensive Player of the Year in Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens, who 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.
The Southern Miss offense broke five single-season school records in 2015: completions (312), passing yards (4,263), total offensive yards (6,758), touchdowns (67) and points (528), as the Golden Eagles recorded nine wins, a Conference USA West Division title, and a berth in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl against Washington.
Lindsey's Golden Eagle offense ranked among the best in the nation in 2015 in several 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 2015 Golden Eagles tallied nearly 6,800 yards of total offense, including more than 4,200 passing yards and just under 2,500 rushing yards. The national leader with 102 explosive plays, they were just the second school in FBS history with a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and two 1,000-yard rushers.
Prior to his first stint at Auburn, from 2011-12, Lindsey served as head coach at Spain Park (Ala.) High School, 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 (1997-2009) in football and baseball. At Troy, he coached the 2010 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Corey Robinson.
A two-time Coach of the Year honoree (2008-09) at Lassiter (Ga.) High School, 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). The Trojans went 12-1 and won a regional championship in 2009, and Lindsey received 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 Georgia Coach of the Year.
Lindsey served as the offensive coordinator for Hoover (Ala.) 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 head coach came from 2005-06 at Colbert Heights (Ala.) High School, where he earned 2006 Coach of the Year honors from the Florence Times-Daily.
Lindsey spent the 1997-2004 seasons as an assistant coach, including Florence, Deshler, Sparkman, and Springville High Schools in Alabama.
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, Ala., Lindsey graduated from Bob Jones High School, where he was a three-sport letterman. Lindsey and his wife Cecily have four children: Claire, Caroline, Cooper and Conner.