TROY, AL (WSFA) - Troy University wasted no time finding a replacement in its search for a new head football coach.
Within days of Neal Brown’s announcement he’s leaving for the top job at West Virginia University, the Trojans have found Brown’s replacement in Kansas offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
“I am excited to welcome Chip and his family back home to Troy to continue our standing as one of the premier Group of Five programs in the nation,” said Troy Senior Vice Chancellor for Athletics Jeremy McClain. “Chip is well respected across the state of Alabama and the nation for not only his coaching ability, but also his ability to grow the men in his program and prepare them for life after football. He has a vision and plan for excellence for each segment of this program, and I have the full confidence about the future of Troy Football under his leadership.”
A press conference to introduce Lindsey is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Troy’s Stadium Club in Veterans Memorial Stadium, but he did release a statement.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to be the head football coach at Troy University,” said Lindsey. “I want to thank Chancellor Hawkins, the Board of Trustees and Jeremy McClain for entrusting me with the future of the Troy football program. Our family is beyond excited to come back to the state of Alabama and to Troy as we continue to build on the foundation that has been laid for the program. I have seen firsthand the passion of Trojan Nation and the student-athletes that represent it. I cannot wait to meet our team and get to work on strengthening our position among the premier Group of Five programs.”
This will be the third home address for Lindsey in just over a month. He served as Auburn’s offensive coordinator before announcing on Dec. 3 he was leaving to take the same position at Kansas under new coach Les Miles.
The allure of taking the reigns at Troy, where the Trojans are firing on all cylinders, proved too much to keep him in Kansas.
The Trojans have the eighth-most wins nationally over the last three seasons, winning 31 games in that span (including three bowl victories). The Trojans have also have at least 10 games in three consecutive seasons setting a new school record.
Lindsey served as the offensive coordinator at Auburn over the past two seasons and in 2017 produced a 1,000-yard back in Kerryon Johnson, who also won SEC Offensive Player of the Year, and All-SEC quarterback Jarrett Stidham who became just the second Auburn quarterback to ever throw for over 3,000 yards in a season.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is my pleasure to welcome Chip and his family home to TROY,” said Troy Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. “Troy University enjoys a proud tradition of football success that dates to 1909, and Chip Lindsey is the right leader to continue this tradition of excellence. Thanks to Senior Vice Chancellor for Athletics Jeremy McClain for conducting an exhaustive search to identify the best candidate to lead our football program. I am confident that Coach Lindsey will uphold the high standards of TROY football.”
This isn’t Lindsey’s first stop in Troy. He served as quarterbacks coach during the 2010 season under then head coach Larry Blakeney.
Lindsey’s introductory press conference will be carried live on the WSFA 12 News Facebook page.