WKU head football coach Mike Sanford filled another position on his coaching staff on Tuesday with the addition of Jimmy Lindsey as defensive line coach.

“I am excited to add Jimmy Lindsey to our coaching staff,” Sanford said. “Coach Lindsey is a technician of defensive line play who will add NFL coaching experience to our defensive staff room, and he is synonymous with Georgia recruiting.”

Lindsey comes to The Hill after one season at Georgia Southern where he served in a similar capacity. Prior to working in Statesboro, Lindsey spent four seasons at Furman as the defensive line coach and added the title of assistant head coach in 2015. At Furman, Lindsey mentored defensive end Gary Wilkins to All-America honors during his senior season in 2014 and a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Lindsey also helped Furman win a Southern Conference championship in 2013.

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Jimmy Lindsey

“I am very excited about this new opportunity in my coaching career, and I think Coach Sanford has put a great staff together,” Lindsey said. “I cannot wait to get to Bowling Green to get started with WKU, a program which has a great tradition of excellence.”

Before Furman, Lindsey spent two seasons at his alma mater, Chattanooga, coaching the defensive line and special teams. In 2011, four of Lindsey’s defensive linemen earned All-SoCon honors including first-teamer Josh Williams. Lindsey also spent time coaching at Tennessee-Martin, Miami (OH), Gardner-Webb and with four NFL teams in the Minority Coaching Internship program.

During his time at Gardner-Webb (2003-06), Lindsey coached the defensive line and linebackers as well as served as the recruiting coordinator. One of Lindsey’s products, Harold Wells, was named the 2004 I-AA Football Gazette National Defensive Lineman of the Year, and defensive end Brian Johnson was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.

Lindsey, a 2001 graduate from Chattanooga with a degree in sports administration, is married to the former Lauren Thomas, and the couple has one daughter, Kiara. Lindsey, a former linebacker, was a team captain at Chattanooga during his senior season in 1999 and the recipient of UTC’s Marco Sheppard Mr. Hustle Award.


Born: Aug. 22, 1977
Hometown: Morven, N.C.
College: Chattanooga, ‘01
Wife: Lauren
Children: Kiara

College: Chattanooga (1996-99)

2000-01: Chattanooga (Assistant)
2002: Chattanooga (Linebackers)
2003-06: Gardner-Webb (Defensive Line/Linebackers/Special Teams/Recruiting Coordinator)
2007-08: Miami (Ohio) (Defensive Ends)
2009: Tennessee-Martin (Defensive Line)
2010-11: Chattanooga (Defensive Line/Special Teams)
2012-14: Furman (Defensive Line)
2015: Furman (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line)
2016: Georgia Southern (Defensive Line)

2006: Cleveland Browns
2008: Detroit Lions
2010: Denver Broncos
2013: San Diego Chargers

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Kyle Neaves
Associate Athletic Director, Communications
WKU Athletics