Dale Lindsey
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Dale Lindsey
Dale Lindsey
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSan Diego
Biographical details
Born (1943-01-18) January 18, 1943 (age 78)
Bedford, Indiana
Playing career
1962-1964Western Kentucky
1965-1972Cleveland Browns
1973New Orleans Saints
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974Cleveland Browns (LB)
1975Portland Thunder (DC)
1977-1978Warren Central HS (KY)
1978-1980Toronto Argonauts (LB)
1981-1982Toronto Argonauts (DC)
1983Boston Breakers (LB)
1984-1985New Jersey Generals (DC/LB)
1986-1987Green Bay Packers (LB)
1989SMU (DC)
1990New England Patriots (DL)
1991Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LB)
1992-1996San Diego Chargers (LB)
1997-1998Washington Redskins (LB)
1999-2001Chicago Bears (LB)
2002-2003San Diego Chargers (DC)
2004-2006Washington Redskins (LB)
2007San Diego (LB)
2009-2010New Mexico State (AHC/LB)
2011New Mexico State (DC)
2012San Diego (DC)
2013-presentSan Diego
Head coaching record
Overall68-21 (college)
Tournaments2-4 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
6 PFL (2014-2019)
PFL Coach of the Year (2014, 2016)

Phillip Dale Lindsey (born January 18, 1943) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at the University of San Diego.[1] Lindsey has also worked as a coach in the National Football League (NFL), the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the United States Football League (USFL).

Early life

Lindsey attended and played high school football at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he was an All-State player.

College career

After high school, Lindsey signed with the University of Kentucky, where he was part of the infamous Thin Thirty team, but quit the team in the spring of his freshman year. He then transferred to Western Kentucky University, where he starred on the Hilltoppers's undefeated 1963 team that won the Tangerine Bowl.

Professional career

As a player

Lindsey was drafted in the seventh round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he played from 1965 to 1972. He then signed with the New Orleans Saints in 1973.

As a coach

After his playing career, Lindsey was a coach for several different NFL teams, including the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers. He was also a coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and the Boston Breakers and the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.

In 1988, Lindsey joined Forrest Gregg at SMU. As the defensive coordinator, he helped to revitalize the historic SMU football program after the NCAA executed its one and only death penalty for a college football program. During the 1989 season, SMU's first season back after 1987, Lindsey's defense was instrumental in SMU's wins over UConn and North Texas.

He was terminated as the linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins on January 16, 2007.[2] This was his second stint with Washington. He was one of several former NFL coordinators serving as a position coach on the Redskins' coach staff.

Lindsey, now a resident of San Diego, lost his home in the wildfires of October 2007.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
San Diego Toreros (Pioneer Football League) (2013-present)
2013 San Diego 8-3 0-0 (7-1)* T-1st*[a 1]
2014 San Diego 9-3 7-1 T-1st L FCS First Round
2015 San Diego 9-2 7-1 T-1st
2016 San Diego 10-2 8-0 1st L FCS Second Round 19
2017 San Diego 10-3 8-0 1st L FCS Second Round
2018 San Diego 9-3 8-0 1st L FCS First Round 25
2019 San Diego 9-3 8-0 1st L FCS First Round
2020-21 San Diego 4-2 4-2 T-2nd
San Diego: 68-21 50-4 (57-5)
Total: 68-21
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth
  • #Rankings from final STATS poll.


  1. ^ San Diego declared itself ineligible for consideration as conference champions due to improper financial aid awarded to players. Their official conference record for this season is recognized as 0-0.


  1. ^ "Dale Lindsey Named USD Head Football Coach". USDToreros.com. December 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Redskins dismiss linebackers coach". The Washington Times. January 16, 2007. Retrieved 2012.

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