San Diego making its third trip in four seasons to FCS Playoffs
Winner of match-up will play at No. 2 seed North Dakota State on December 2nd
Seventeen Seniors To Be Honored In PreGame Ceremony
Toreros close out regular-season on Nov.18th against Marist College
A win would give Toreros outright PFL title and league's AQ into FCS Playoffs
"After Coach Caragher informed me that he was leaving USD, the first person I met with was our Defensive Coordinator, Dale Lindsey," said Ky Snyder, USD Executive Director of Athletics. "His knowledge of the game of football, of our team, of transitions, the respect he commands from both our coaches and players made him the likely person for me to put in charge of our program while we searched for a new Head Coach. We knew the characteristics that we were looking for: Integrity, belief and promotion of the student-athlete, great knowledge of the game of football, a recruiter who can identify talent that can be nurtured, a coach of coaches and one with connections to build our staff; and, a person who can be creative in moving our program forward. As we spoke to and interviewed many coaches, we kept coming back to the realization that the characteristics and experience that we were looking for, was already on our staff. We could not find someone with more integrity, belief in the student-athlete and knowledge of the game than Dale Lindsey. Both the coaches and players look to him to learn and draw on his experience. In his heart, Dale Lindsey is a teacher and a leader. That fits the University of San Diego and our Football program. I am very excited to introduce Dale Lindsey as our new Head Football Coach of the University of San Diego."
Lindsey enters the 2016 campaign with a three-year record of 26-8 (76.5 winning percentage). He has guided the Toreros to two PFL championships (2015 & 2014), and to the program's first-ever NCAA Division I playoff in 2014. Over the past three seasons the Toreros have taken care of business in home games, going 17-2 with a perfect 12-0 PFL mark.
In 2015 he guided the Toreros to an overall record of 9-2 (6-0 home), including a share of the PFL Championship with its 7-1 record. USD opened the season by playing its first-ever FBS opponent in San Diego State before 48,785 fans at Qualcomm Stadium. Following a tough one-point road loss at Dayton, the Toreros closed out the year strong with six straight victories.
Lindsey directed the 2014 squad to its first ever NCAA Division I FCS Playoff spot as the Toreros finished 9-3 overall and won the PFL Championship with a 7-1 record. For his efforts Lindsey was named PFL Coach of the Year and a 2014 Eddie Robinson Award Finalist for FCS Coach of the Year. He guided the 2013 USD football program in his rookie year to an 8-3 overall record with the team winning its final four contests and seven of its final eight.
Lindsey returned to USD's staff in 2012 where he was the program's defensive coordinator. The Toreros finished the season with an overall record of 8-3 and earned a share of the Pioneer Football League title with Butler and Drake with 7-1 records. The Toreros won their final six games, and among 121 FCS teams in the country, USD ranked 14th in scoring defense (19.27), 15th in rushing defense (120.0) and 19th in pass efficiency defense (114.56).
"I want to thank Ky (Snyder), the USD athletic administration and department, former players, and the university for giving me this great opportunity," said Dale Lindsey. "We've had a winning tradition here that has been established by Ron Caragher, by former and active players, and it falls on me to continue this tradition of excellence in athletics as well as academics. Our staff will do everything in our power to help our players reach their goals both on and off the field. Not only do we want to develop good football players, but we want the next generation of CEO's of major corporations, presidents' and leaders of innovative industry."
From 2009-2011 Lindsey was at New Mexico State University where he was assistant head coach and linebackers coach. Prior to NMSU, he spent his first season with the USD staff in 2008, where he was the Torero linebackers coach. That season Lindsey helped the 9-2 Toreros' defense hold its opponents to just 18.9 points a game and 322 yards of total offense per contest.
"We are excited to have Dale Lindsey as our new Head Football Coach," stated Dr. Mary E. Lyons, USD President. "Dale's experience and vision for our program match well with the University. We look forward to having Coach Lindsey at the helm as we seek our first ever appearance in the FCS Playoffs."
Lindsey brings a wealth of football experience as a former NFL player and coach. His resume includes over 30 years of football coaching at the high school, college and professional ranks. Most recently with the Washington Redskins (2004-06), Lindsey also spent time on the San Diego Chargers staff as defensive coordinator (2002-03) and linebackers coach (1992-96).
From 1992-96, Lindsey was the linebackers coach on the Chargers' defensive staff that helped guide the team to a pair of AFC West titles (1992 and 1994), three playoff appearances (1992, 1994 and 1995) and one AFC Championship (1994). Lindsey also spent time with the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers.
Lindsey played both linebacker and fullback for two years at Western Kentucky, helping the 1963 Hilltoppers to a 10-0-1 mark and the Tangerine Bowl Championship. Overall, the two Topper teams (1963-64) he played on went 16-3-2. A two-time All-OVC pick, he earned All-America honors as a linebacker in 1964 and was named to the all-time OVC Team in 1988. A Bowling Green (Ky.) High product, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns (in the seventh round) and by the New York Jets of the American Football League (sixth round) in 1965 and went on to play nine seasons at linebacker for the Cleveland Browns (1965-73).
In 2008, Lindsey was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in Louisville, Kentucky. Lindsey and his wife, Eva, reside in Rancho Bernardo, and have five children - Blan, Jennifer, Kim, Johnny and Derek.
Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics