Ryan Lindley, San Diego State’s all-time best passer, has been named San Diego State’s offensive coordinator, Aztec head coach Brady Hoke announced Tuesday.
Lindley, who joined the team in early October, will continue to coach the SDSU quarterbacks.
“I’m honored that Coach Hoke is giving me this opportunity,” Lindley said. “I came back home because of the respect I have for Coach Hoke and this program. I look forward to continuing to build on the success that has been achieved here at The Mesa. I know we need to keep moving, developing and improving on this side of the ball and I look forward to working with these people to make that happen.”
“We are excited to appoint Ryan Lindley as our offensive coordinator,” Hoke said. “Ryan helped us tremendously when he joined our team mid-season. I’ve been impressed with his growth as a football coach over the year, his intellect and football IQ, and his development as a quarterback. Ryan is someone who has a bright future in this profession and we look forward to seeing him progress in his new role.”
Lindley was a four-year starter at San Diego State from 2008-2011, where he set program records in yards (12,690), touchdowns (90), completions (961), attempts (1,732), starts (49), consecutive starts (44), and Wins (23 that was broken). Lindley was a 2010 second-team All-MW selection, a three-time MW Offensive Player of the Week, and a four-time Byron H. Chase Memorial Trophy honoree (SDSU’s Outstanding Offensive Player).
After a brief stint as a QB in the National Football League, Lindley went into coaching. Lindley’s previous coaching stints have included SDSU, the Cleveland Browns, the University of Utah and the State of Mississippi. There he worked with offensive genius and former Mississippi head coach Mike Leach.
Lindley, a San Diego native, returned home when he joined Hoke’s staff midway through last season.
Upon his return to the Mesa, Lindley served as QB coach and was a key figure in improving the Aztecs’ late-season offense.
The hope is that Lindley, with his versatile offensive background, can turn around an Aztec offense that has been at the bottom of the Total Offense ladder for the past 5 seasons.
Lindley and his wife, Lindsay, have a son, Caden, and a daughter, Sloane.
Lindley replaces Jeff Horton, who retired after spending the last 12 seasons at San Diego State.