Dec. 28, 2012
Media Note: Coach Lindsey, along with USD assistant coaches, players and officials will not be made available for comment until Saturday's press conference. There is limited parking available in the JCP West Lot on a first-come first-serve basis, with plenty of parking at the Mission Parking Structure across from Torero Stadium. TV crews and media members are asked to be ready to go by 1:50 pm. For further info, contact Ted Gosen at (619) 954-2807.
San Diego, Calif. - The University of San Diego will introduce Dale Lindsey as its new head football coach at a press conference to be held tomorrow, December 29th, at 2:00 p.m. (PST) in the Jenny Craig Pavilion Warren Hospitality Suite. Lindsey becomes the Toreros' 13th head coach and replaces Ron Caragher who recently was hired as head coach at San Jose State University.
Lindsey returned to USD's staff this past season 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).
From 2009-2011 he was at New Mexico State University where he was assistant head coach and linebackers coach. Prior to NMSU, Lindsey 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.
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.
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