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).

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