BATON ROUGE – Jimmy Lindsey has joined the LSU coaching staff and will serve as the defensive line coach for the Tigers, head coach Brian Kelly announced on Monday.

Lindsey comes to LSU after coaching the defensive line at South Carolina for the past two years. Lindsey brings over 20 years of collegiate experience coaching the defensive line to the LSU program.

“Jimmy is an outstanding defensive line coach and we are excited to welcome him to our staff,” Kelly said. “He will do a great job of not only coaching our players on the field, but also helping them develop off the field as we continue our commitment to graduating champions.

“Jimmy has a proven track record of developing defensive linemen and I know our players are going to benefit from his expertise.”

One of Lindsey’s defensive linemen at South Carolina was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday as Zacch Pickens was taken with the 64th overall pick by the Bears.

South Carolina appeared in bowl games in each of Lindsey’s two seasons with the Gamecocks. The Gamecocks closed out the 2022 regular season with wins over No. 6 Tennessee and No. 13 Clemson in consecutive weeks for its first eight-win season since 2017.

Lindsey, who was born in Cheraw, S.C., and lists Morven, N.C., as his hometown, spent the 2020 season coaching defensive ends on Lovie Smith’s staff at the University of Illinois. He served as the defensive coordinator in the Illini’s season finale at Penn State after Smith was relieved of his coaching duties. Under Lindsey’s tutelage, Owen Carney Jr. earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.

Lindsey joined Illinois after three seasons at Western Kentucky where he was Hilltoppers’ defensive line coach in 2017, before coaching the defensive ends and serving as the recruiting coordinator in 2018 and 2019.

Lindsey’s coaching career began at his alma mater, Chattanooga, where he was an assistant in 2000 and 2001 as he finished up his degree. Following graduation, he was named the Mocs’ linebackers coach in 2002.

He then spent four seasons (2003-06) at Gardner-Webb, where he coached the defensive line, linebackers, special teams and was also the recruiting coordinator. Under Lindsey’s guidance, 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 coached at Miami (Ohio) in 2007-08, serving as the defensive ends coach and co-special teams coordinator, then one year at Tennessee-Martin as the defensive line coach before returning to Chattanooga for two seasons (2010-11) as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator. In 2011, four of Lindsey’s defensive linemen earned All-SoCon honors including first-teamer Josh Williams.

Lindsey then spent four years in the Palmetto State, working at Furman University from 2012-15. He was the Paladins’ defensive line coach for three seasons before adding the title of Assistant Head Coach in his final season in Greenville. He mentored defensive end Gary Wilkins to All-America honors in 2014 and a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Lindsey also helped Furman win a Southern Conference championship in 2013.

Lindsey spent the 2016 season at Georgia Southern, working as the defensive line coach, before moving on to Western Kentucky.

Lindsey also has had the opportunity to work with four NFL teams (Cleveland – 2006; Detroit – 2008; Denver – 2010; San Diego – 2013) in the Minority Coaching Internship program.

As a player, Lindsey was a linebacker at Chattanooga from 1996-99, serving as a team captain as a senior season and was the recipient of UTC’s Marco Sheppard Mr. Hustle Award. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in sports administration.

Born Aug. 22, 1977, Lindsey is married to the former Lauren Thomas. He has one daughter, Kiara.


• Hometown: Morven, N.C.
• College: Chattanooga, 2001
• Wife: Lauren
• Children: daughter Kiara

• Chattanooga (1996-99)

• 2000-01: Chattanooga (Graduate Assistant)
• 2002: Chattanooga (Linebackers)
• 2003-06: Gardner-Webb (Defensive Line/Linebackers/Special Teams/Recruiting Coordinator)
• 2007-08: Miami (Ohio) (Defensive Ends/Co-Special Teams Coordinator)
• 2009: UT-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)
• 2017: Western Kentucky (Defensive Line)
• 2018-19: Western Kentucky (Defensive Ends/Recruiting Coordinator)
• 2020: Illinois (Defensive Ends)
* 2021-22: South Carolina (Defensive Line)

2023: LSU (Defensive Line)

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

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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CnAzInCA10 months
Kelly has earned the right to hire whomever he wants. There is no doubt he has a plan that is his own, and he chooses the pieces to roll it out. Kelly doesn’t hire to revamp a part of the team - that’s his job, much like Saban and Belichick.
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Lark22510 months
Kelly doesn't hire bad coaches
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TaderSalad10 months
Ahem… polian… ahem
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sportjunkie6910 months
Underwhelming, frankly.
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Bone0610 months
Not sure you understand how hard it is to get a superstar this late in the year at position coach. Most coaches who are superstars at position coach move up to coordinator pretty quickly. I'm sure Kelly was looking for a young experienced coach who was coachable to his style of coaching. Time will tell if it's the right hire.
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ForLSU5610 months
You clowns have absolutely ZERO idea the coaching ability of ANY position coach in the entire realm of the college football world. None, nada, zilch, so just STFU.
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