Don Lindsey Named Defensive Coordinator And Linebackers Coach

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Head Coach David Cutcliffe adds David Lindsey to his staff two weeks after the 2000 season ends.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Head Coach David Cutcliffe adds David Lindsey to his staff two weeks after the 2000 season ends.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 9, 2001

OXFORD, Miss. - Don Lindsey is the new defensive coordinator of the Ole Miss Rebels, having joined Head Coach David Cutcliffe's staff in January of 2001.

"I have coached against Don Lindsey in past years," Cutcliffe said. "I have always thought he was one of the most innovative, aggressive defensive football coaches in the United States. He has coached outstanding teams and outstanding players, and has had an impact on every program that he's been involved with.

"I'm really looking forward to what he brings to this staff from an experience standpoint and what he brings to the staff as a person. I think Don Lindsey has one of the greatest pressure packages that I've coached against, and I'm looking forward to being on the same team."

Lindsey, who began his coaching career in 1965 at the University of Alabama under Paul "Bear" Bryant, has been a part of four national championships and 18 bowl games, including six Rose Bowls and two Sugar Bowls. He has coached 15 All-Americans and 16 players he has coached made it to the National Football League.

He joined the Rebels after spending the 2000 and 2001 seasons as defensive coordinator with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.

In the collegiate ranks, Lindsey has coached at Alabama, Montana State, Washington State, Arkansas, Southern California, Georgia Tech, Missouri, and Hawaii. He coached on two different occasions at Arkansas, Southern California, and Alabama. His professional experience is with the Memphis Mad Dogs and the British Columbia Lions.

At USC, Lindsey coached for John McKay and John Robinson as the Trojans won three national championships, six Rose Bowls, and seven Pac 10 titles. At Alabama, he was involved with one national championship and three Southeastern Conference titles.

Lindsey's defenses have long been recognized as among the best in the nation. While serving as defensive coordinator, Arkansas ranked first in the nation in scoring defense, Alabama was fifth in the nation in rushing defense and 12th in total defense, and Hawaii was 20th in the nation in total defense. On the professional side, British Columbia ranked first in scoring defense and allowed its fewest points in 12 years.

After earning his B.S.E. degree from Arkansas-Monticello, Lindsey, a native of Camden, Ark., then earned his Master's degree from the University of Alabama. He also has additional advanced study toward a Doctorate in Special Education, also from Alabama. Lindsey is married to the former Linda Ray of Dermott, Ark., and they have one daughter, Michelle (19).

THOMAS D. (T.D.) WOODS RECEIVERS

A native of Gallatin, Tenn., Thomas D. (T.D.) Woods joined the Ole Miss staff in January of 2001 after coaching receivers at Western Carolina the last four years. He was with the University of Buffalo for a brief time after the 2000 season before coming to Ole Miss. In 1996, he was on the staff at Appalachian State University, also working with the receivers.

Woods, who entered the coaching ranks in 1995 at Gallatin Senior High School where he was the receivers and special teams coach, earned his B.S.E. degree from the University of Tennessee.

"T. D. Woods and I go way back to when he played at Tennessee," Cutcliffe said. "He was one of the finest receivers we had in all the years I was at Tennessee.

"He was an outstanding leader on an 11-1 team in 1989, his senior season. T.D. had great ability as a player and has a great work ethic. I think he's one of the finest young coaches in the game. Our receivers will benefit greatly from his expertise."

While attending Tennessee, Woods earned four letters with the Vols, was co-captain of the 1989 squad, and was the school's all-time season and career leading receiver. An All-SEC selection, Woods received the Bill Majors Award for hard work and dedication.

Drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1990, Woods played two seasons with the Barcelona Dragons in the World League of American Football. Woods has one son, Michael (14).

RUBEN MENDOZA HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

Ruben Mendoza is the new head strength and conditioning coach, having joined the Ole Miss staff in January of 2001.

Mendoza, a Crystal City, Tex., native, had been the assistant director of strength, speed and conditioning for the last four years at Clemson University.

"Ruben Mendoza has the reputation of being one of the most outstanding strength coaches in the United States," Cutcliffe said. "He's innovative with a great work ethic and has a great passion for what he's doing. I've never been around anybody more excited to go to work than he is.

"I know our players will benefit from this in a big way and I'm looking forward to the impact he's going go have on our entire athletics program and certainly our football program."

Mendoza's football responsibilities at Clemson included the implementation of in-season strength and conditioning programs, assistant coordinator of winter conditioning as well as a speed development program, testing and monitoring all progress in strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, and educating student-athletes on nutritional factors, including supplementation that affect health and performance.

General responsibilities at Clemson dealt with supervising the development of strength and aerobic fitness for 19 varsity sports through the use of sports specific training programs.

While having a number of assistants under his supervision, Mendoza managed the 14,000 square foot facility and day to day operations. He worked closely with the head trainer at Clemson in coordinating rehabilitation programs for injured athletes and provided supervision and developed a time schedule for varsity sports for use of the athletic weight room facilities.

Prior to joining the Clemson staff in June of 1997, Mendoza served as the head strength and conditioning coordinator at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from January 1993 to April 1997. He was the defensive line coach/assistant strength and conditioning coach at Presbyterian College during the 1992 season and served as assistant head strength and conditioning coach at the University of South Carolina from June 1990 to February 1992.

A Kodak All-America in 1985 while playing at Wayne State, Mendoza also earned NAIA All-America and CSIC All-Conference first team honors, and was a team captain. He earned his B.S. degree from Wayne State and has advanced study from South Carolina.

He spent three seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman, playing for the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, and Phoenix Cardinals.

Mendoza is married to the former Kristen Prososki of Omaha, Neb. They have three children -- Nicholas (18), Emmanuel (6), and Grace (4).

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 12

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      With Billy Chadwick's last  regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach.  Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch... read more

    • Chadwick: 'We Control Our Destiny'

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference.  Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 7-13)

      Monday, April 14, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more

    • Offense Sets Season Highs To Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more

    • Pitching, Defense Key Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more

    • Rebels Prepared For Possible Record Crowds

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more

    • VIDEO: The Legend Of Billy Chadwick

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Men's Tennis

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • VIDEO: Mike Bianco

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco recaps Wednesday's 8-5 win over Murray State and previews the upcoming three-game series at Mississippi State starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Murray State Highlights

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Allen, Orvis Lead Barrage In Win Over Memphis

      Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Baseball

      The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 13

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      We begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team.  The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West.  This moment... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (March 31-April 6)

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss picked up its second sweep in SEC play with three wins over the Auburn Tigers this past weekend, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday.- Left-handed pitcher Christian Trent posted a... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Auburn Highlights

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Baseball

       Game One HighlightsGame Two Highlights... read more

    • Laxer Caps Great Day On The Mound For Rebels

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss held Auburn scoreless for 22 straight innings, from the seventh inning of the series opener Friday through the sixth inning of the series finale Saturday, but the weekend sweep remained in doubt in the eighth inning of the... read more