Lassiter High football coach leaving to take college job

Lassiter coach Chip Lindsey is good. How good? A college offer arrived after only two years at Lassiter. (AJC photo)

Lassiter coach Chip Lindsey is good. How good? The college came calling after only two years at Lassiter. (AJC photo)

Chip Lindsey is leaving Lassiter after leading the Cobb County school to its best season in the program’s history.

Lindsey has been hired away as a college assistant, to serve as the quarterbacks coach at Troy University.

School officials have confirmed the news, while Lindsey is maintaining a low-profile. “I want to wait until I talk to my team on Wednesday morning before I say anything.”

Lindsey, 35, oversaw a stunning turnaround at Lassiter in his two years as head coach. He was 9-3 in 2008, setting a school record for wins in a season. This year, Lassiter was the Cinderella of the state playoffs, reaching the Class AAAAA quarterfinals with a 12-1 record.

Lindsey’s prized pupil was quarterback Hutson Mason, who shattered the state’s record books this year with his high-flying passing numbers. He set five records, including most yards in a single season (4,560) and most touchdown passes (56).

“It was just a special season, one I will never forget,” Lindsey said on Tuesday. “Everybody got on the same page the last couple of years, and it showed.”

Lindsey is considered a mastermind with the spread offense, which is the same scheme used by Troy.

Chip Lindsey is leaving Lassiter after leading the Cobb County school to its best season in the program’s history.
Lindsey has been hired away as a college assistant, to serve as the quarterbacks coach at Troy University.
School officials have confirmed the news, while Lindsey is keeping a low-profile. “I want to wait until I talk to my team on Wednesday morning before I say anything.”
Lindsey, 35, oversaw a stunning turnaround at Lassiter in his two years as head coach. He was 9-3 in 2008, setting a school record for wins in a season. This year, Lassiter posted a 12-1 record, reaching the state quarterfinals.
Lindsey’s prized pupil was quarterback Hutson Mason, who shattered the state’s record books this year with his high-flying passing numbers. He set five records, including most yards in a single season (4,560) and most touchdown passes (56).
“It was just a special season, one I will never forget,” Lindsey said on Tuesday. “Everybody got on the same page the last couple of years, and it showed.

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64 comments Add your comment

lassiterfan

February 2nd, 2010
2:59 pm

Coach Lindsey did a tremendous job at Lassiter over the last two years. He will be missed ! Hopefully they can bring someone in to continue the progress that’s been made

Cherokee

February 2nd, 2010
3:05 pm

Next stop Athens in 2011

Popped Trojan

February 2nd, 2010
3:16 pm

2:46 pm February 2, 2010, by Michael Carvell

“I want to wait until I talk to my team on Wednesday morning before I say anything.”

Good luck with That.

Breamking

February 2nd, 2010
3:27 pm

Well I guess Lassiter will go back to being a doormat now. Congrats to him best job done at that school since dexter wood.

Makes you wonder

February 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

if all those kids from wheeler and sprayberry are gonna go back? Any guess on early candidates for the job?

GeoffDawg

February 2nd, 2010
3:47 pm

Breamking – Dexter Wood was my HC at Marietta High School. He then went to Buford. He didn’t coach at Lassiter.

DawgMar

February 2nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Check your facts youngster (GeoffDawg). Dexter began coaching at Lassiter in 1984.

CDAWG

February 2nd, 2010
4:11 pm

IS MASON GOING TO FOLLOW

Al Ciraldo

February 2nd, 2010
4:11 pm

Bama Bill

February 2nd, 2010
4:27 pm

Coach Lindsay did a great job and will add strength to the staff that Larry Blankney has built at Troy. Seems like all of his assistants leave for Level 1 schools after a year or two – Blankney is the bains behind the spread down at Troy.

Elliot Garcia

February 2nd, 2010
4:33 pm

why would he want to live in Alabama? I thought everybody from Alabama was fleeing to Atlanta….

bap

February 2nd, 2010
5:02 pm

Geoff Dawg……Dexter Wood absolutely did coach at Lassiter. My son played for him.

ss

February 2nd, 2010
5:06 pm

not only did Wood coach at LHS, he actually won their 1st playoff game there in 86.>( Something Lindsay claimed). Lindsay could not hold a torch to Woods. Check what Woods did at Buford>

Let the Big Bee Sting

February 2nd, 2010
5:11 pm

I hope he takes the mirror on his bedroom ceiling with him…

EJ

February 2nd, 2010
5:22 pm

Wood did coach at Lassiter and did win a playoff game there, but not a state playoff game. The playoff format was different then. There were region semifinals after the regularseason– this is what Wood led the team to a victory in. That was followed by the region finals and the winner of that went on to the state playoffs. So it’s true that Lindsey led them to their first state playoff victory, but only because the system has changed since Wood coached at Lassiter.

LHS

February 2nd, 2010
5:26 pm

Coach Wood left Lassiter prior to the ‘88 season to go to Marietta HS…where he lured Eric Zeier to come play. Great coach as records indicate. He also played for the Bear.

JCB0994

February 2nd, 2010
5:37 pm

this makes me very upset that i wont be coached by coach lindsey next season. But we have to look beyond this and have another great season in 2010.

1997

February 2nd, 2010
5:44 pm

Great news! Alfred Watkins and the Band program can return to their rightful place of running that school.

lassiter student

February 2nd, 2010
5:50 pm

As a lassiter student, i am quite upset at the fact that coach is leaving….he came here and finally gave us success and i have no confidence that we will stay successful without him and hutson

Debdoes

February 2nd, 2010
6:30 pm

I’m from Alabama and I’m trying to flee from Atlanta! Talk about ‘checking your facts’…

Football Player

February 2nd, 2010
6:44 pm

The group “Chip” Coached could have won anything with any Coach! That group was great when they where in 5th grade! TO BE A GOOD COACH YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR PLAYERS AND HAVE A HEART FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM…CHIP NEEDS TO WORK ON THAT!

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Trojan

February 2nd, 2010
7:06 pm

All that butt kissing out the window. You know who you are.

Bill

February 2nd, 2010
7:27 pm

If any UGA fan ever buys so much as a pack of gum from Nance carpet in Calhoun I will be very disappointed.

Stophating

February 2nd, 2010
7:46 pm

Trojan your lame as hell!

Stophating

February 2nd, 2010
7:55 pm

Stop hating on Chip he is doing whats best for his family. And football player ok you won games in 5th grade what in the hell does that have to do with high school football. What was your record at Lassiter before he came? Were you apart of that? better yet did you play? If so your team sucked with the 5th grade members on their! Next and you say he didn’t care about his players so I ask the question did Durst? The problem is your perception of talent is twisted Lassiter doesn’t have good athletes I’m sorry to tell you that so to win there really means something. It wasn’t the players who turned the program around it was the coaches who put the players in positions so that they could win.

Stophating

February 2nd, 2010
7:58 pm

somebody please go against what I said because I have plenty to say!

GreatCoachintheMaking

February 2nd, 2010
8:12 pm

Chip Lindsey was a freaking genious. Lassiter had zero talent besides Roelle, Rowan, Mason, and a few others who I can’t remember right now. The offensive line was scrappy but overmatched nearly every time on the field. Quit hating on Chip yall. The man knows his football

jdawg

February 2nd, 2010
8:14 pm

The coaching moves are getting to be a bunch….and what it boils down to is the non suuport of the administration and the change in the area’s by BOE. Paulding is going through this, and it is just getting started. The Rome coach leaves, and musical chairs does not have enough speed.

verge

February 2nd, 2010
9:44 pm

Elliot Garcia, you are a DUM ASS!

LassiterFBPlayerDad

February 2nd, 2010
10:00 pm

I’m happy for Coach Lindsey as this is a logical next step in his career but I feel bad for my son (a rising senior) and his teammates as they have worked VERY hard and dedicated themselves to making the LHS football program successful. Unfortunately for the kids, the departure of Coach Lindsey has already made an immediate, negative impact on their morale and the program as a whole. However, given the significant commitment by the touchdown club in time and financial contributions to improve the stadium (artificial grass AND the largest “jumbo-tron” at a high school in the country), I am hopeful that a highly qualified replacement will be identified quickly so the team can get past this distraction and get back to the focus on the upcoming 2010 season. Go Trojans!!

Mike

February 2nd, 2010
10:43 pm

Whoever said that lassiter has no athletes then y’all are completely wrong…there freshmen and sophomore classes are stacked with athletes Aka tyren jones Eddie printz Willie police Juwan dickey Niles Clarke and Charlie hegedus.

LHS Football Dad

February 2nd, 2010
10:46 pm

I agree with LassiterFBPlayerDad. I also know the boys will carry on what Coach Lindsey started. My son too is a rising senior. I told him don’t look back at the way things were before Coach Lindsey arrived, but to look at the greatness which will continue. I truly believe the Lassiter Touchdown Club and Principle Shaw also wants the winning ways to continue which Coach Lindsey started. With that said, they have to bring in a coach that is as good a football mind as Lindsey or better.

Coach Lindsey, I wish the best for you and your family. May God’s Favor and Blessings be upon you.

formertrojan

February 2nd, 2010
10:47 pm

lassiter will win that region for the next three or four years… loaded with young talent.. they may struggle with the first couple games next year but once region rolls around there is not a team in there region who will be able to keep up with there young guns.. they will get someone in there who runs the same offense and they will be fine. if you thought hutson mason was good.. give eddie printz one year and he will have that program rollin

formertrojan

February 2nd, 2010
10:53 pm

And jeff carlberg should get the job.. if there smart. and they may look to bring Tony Pugh back to run that offense. Coached at lassiter last year. Knows that system just as well as anyone

Mike

February 2nd, 2010
10:55 pm

Exactly. And the receiving core will probably be better than last
years
although griffin roelle will be graduated

TrojanEnz

February 3rd, 2010
12:09 am

Time to get out before the cheerleader’s mommas figure out what’s going on. Ha! Lassiter is a joke.

LHS Football Dad

February 3rd, 2010
12:22 am

It always amazes me how ignorant people make these stupid and immature comments on these blogs only to hide behind a fake name, i.e. TrojanEnz.

Trojan 2010 Player

February 3rd, 2010
8:01 am

Lassiter will be very good for the next three years with eddie printz and tyren jones. they will win football games and they will compete for a state championship before they graduate.

Lassiter is no joke. Lassiter is a fine school with a great community, terrific administration and amazing student body.

TrojanEnz, your name is “fitting.”

put me in coach

February 3rd, 2010
8:32 am

It sure helps that he followed such a terrible coach. Those kids would have played hard for Hitler.

Ken

February 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

Lassiter should promote Offensive Coordinator Clint Woodfin to Head Coach.

Maddog

February 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

The folks that are complaining about Chip leaving Lassiter are just plan selfish. Look at the options, coach High School football or work for a Division 1 Football program as a quarterbacks coach? It is a no brainer. Any of you would do the same as long as it was in the best interest of his family. This opportunity does not come along very often for High School coaches and with the way Troy promotes their Offensive Coordinators, Chip will be a D-1 Offensive Coordinator in 2-3 years. Good luck Chip.

Richard Dawson

February 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

Was it Lindsey or Mason? Hard to tell who should get the credit when you have a big-time QB. The defense certainly was nothing to write home about.

So will they promote the guy with the sexual harrassment issues?

Maddog

February 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

Enter your comments here

Lassiter alum

February 3rd, 2010
11:32 am

You reap what you sew. Lindsay and Shaw were behind the deal to run Coach Mick out of the school and baseball program, concentrate on football and make Lassiter a football powerhouse. When you scheme with selfish people, things happen. I guess Shaw feels a lot like Tennessee’s athletic director right about now. He deserves it. The real shame here is for the student/athletes. It is tough adjusting to a new staff, especially after such a successful season. Good luck to all the trojan football players!

LHS football

February 3rd, 2010
1:01 pm

any team to go undefeated in the regular season and make it to the third round of the playoffs must have talent. Chip was an amazing coach with some studs but to say they had no talent is ignorant. That must say south Gwinnett, Walton, Sprayberry, ect. don’t have any talent. Talent plus good coaching= Lassiter 2009 football season

Trojan Man

February 3rd, 2010
1:18 pm

Let’s bring bac Dirst…NOT

trojanss? are you fo real

February 3rd, 2010
1:20 pm

hahah well anyone is better than durst! that guy was a joke. He only cared about himself not the players.

Former Lassiter Baseball Player

February 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

I didn’t realise that Lindsay was behind Coach Mick (McMurtry) getting pushed out. Never new Lindsay, but if he had anything to do with Mick leaving lassiter, then he has helped the school out tremendously. Good Luck and thanks for the community service….

FRANK THE

February 3rd, 2010
3:55 pm

I wish some of you folks could have been at the initial meeting that Coach Durst had with the LHS Booster club when he first arrived. The previous coaching staffs had run this program in to the ground and Durst made no bones about the fact that we were starting from ground zero.
He did the following:

a) Installed a weight lifting and conditioning program (did not exist-only on paper-prior to him)
b) had weekly meetings with the boosters to go over the previous weeks’ game-and took some criticism during these film sessions-he did not hide
c) Helped orchestrate the pep rally’s at the school–and did something no previous coach in the decade prior to his arrival–GOT THE SCHOOL-TEACHERS AND STUDENTS-EXCITED ABOUT GOING TO A FOOTBALL GAME @ LASSITER.
d) The team had 6-4 records his 1st 2 years. Did not make the playoffs—but hey at that point we were all ecstatic that we were even COMPETITIVE in a game.
e) Ended the players leaving the school to ‘do who knows what’ after the team pre-game meal on Friday nights. This was how the previous coaching staffs allowed the players to ‘prepare’ for the game. I believe comedian Steve Martin referred to this as ‘getting small…real small.”
f) Opened up his workouts to all students (Girls/Boys). Ask the girls basketball and softball teams of that era how much they appreciated his efforts and enthusiasm.
g) He embraced the junior football program. He actually treated them as if they were his feeder program–created a preseason camp for them, and had them involved in workouts too.
h) He never had the support of the administration from the day he stepped on to the LHS campus. The principal at that time did a lot of talking but was ‘never around’ physically or mentally.
i) He would have loved to have brought in his own staff from the ‘git-go’ but he was forced to have a few staff members that he was told ‘to work with’.
j) He came up with the idea about renovating the stadium and reversing the home and away stands-amazingly that plan is in progress. (Ask all the Durst haters if they are aware of that).

I agree that when Mr. Shaw arrived he had a plan that he wanted to institute and it did not include Greg Durst. That was his right as the new boss in town. Durst was out and Coach Lindsey came in and did an amazing job. The biggest differences for Lindsey A] the administration was behind him B] he picked his staff

Be kind to the next guy to fill these coaching shoes. LHS is a great School. Give the next guy some space and some support and the team will be successful!