Furman assistant head coach and defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey is expected to join the staff of Georgia Southern coach Tyson Summers, likely as defensive line coach, according to sources.
This past season was Lindsey’s fourth as defensive line coach at Furman and first as assistant head coach. Before that, he was the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at his alma mater, Tennessee-Chattanooga, for two seasons.
Lindsey was an assistant at Tennessee-Martin in 2009 following two seasons as defensive ends coach and co-special teams coordinator at Miami (Ohio). He was Gardner-Webb’s defensive line and linebackers coach along with recruiting coordinator from 2003-06.
He got his starting in coaching as a restricted earnings coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga from 2001-02 after being a linebacker for the Mocs. He also participated in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program with the Denver Broncos (2010), Detroit Lions (2008), and Cleveland Browns (2006).
Rowell joins the high-energy Summers, who was hired as Georgia Southern’s coach last month after being Colorado State’s defensive coordinator this past season. Georgia Southern had an impressive 9-4 record this season and won last month’s GoDaddy Bowl with a jaw-dropping 58-27 rout of MAC champion Bowling Green.
Summers replaces Willie Fritz, who became Tulane’s coach last month after posting a 17-7 record in his two seasons with the Eagles. Last season, he led them to the Sun Belt title and was the league’s coach of the year.