Troy tight ends coach elevated to special teams coordinator

Troy tight ends coach elevated to special teams coordinator
Brian Blackmon

TROY, AL (WSFA) - Chip Lindsey’s coaching staff is beginning to take shape at Troy. After naming the leaders for his offense and defense Monday, Lindsey on Tuesday named his special teams coordinator in former Opelika High School head football coach Brian Blackmon.

“Brian is one of the most respected coaches in the state of Alabama, and I’m excited to have him on our staff,” said Lindsey. “Brian’s knowledge of the game is second to none, which will lend well to his role running our special teams. I had the opportunity to work with him firsthand and know the type of leadership and work ethic he brings to the table. The relationships that he has worked hard to develop over the years are instrumental when it comes to our ability to recruit in this state.”

After serving as the Opelika head football coach for eight of his 21 years, Blackmon joined the Auburn staff in 2017 as an offensive analyst where Lindsey was the offensive coordinator. Last year, Blackmon joined the Troy staff under Neal Brown as the tight ends and S-backs coach. Now he’s the leader of the special teams group.

“Troy has always been a special place to me, and I’m humbled to be able to continue coaching at my alma mater,” said Blackmon. “I appreciate the confidence Coach Lindsey has placed in me, and we are excited to continue building on the championship tradition that Troy has become accustomed to.”

Blackmon helped out with the special teams unit last season for Troy which saw kicker/punter Tyler Sumpter lead the Trojans to a fourth-place finish nationally in average yards per punt. The Trojans were ninth allowing only 25 yards per kickoff return.

Blackmon is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery and earned his bachelors degree from Troy.

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