North Carolina coach Mack Brown announced the hiring of Chip Lindsey as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Thursday. Lindsey will be entrusted to guide quarterback Drake Maye, who could enter next season as a Heisman Trophy favorite and potentially be a top NFL draft pick in 2024.
Lindsey comes to Chapel Hill after serving as the offensive coordinator at UCF this season. It was his only season with the Knights, but marked the third year he worked in that capacity on a Gus Malzahn staff. Lindsey was Auburn’s offensive coordinator in 2017-18 during Malzahn’s tenure on the Plains.
“Chip is well-versed in UNC’s offensive style of play and he has a wealth of experience working with some of the greatest offensive minds in the country,” Brown said in a statement. “You can see that in the way his offenses play. Chip is multiple in his approach and has the unique skill of adapting based on personnel. He’s developed quarterbacks at a high level including two current NFL QBs in Nick Mullens and Jarrett Stidham.”
Lindsey’s offense at UCF ranked 11th in total offense averaging 480.6 yards per game, eighth in rushing offense (236.1 ypg), and 26th in scoring offense at 34.4 points per game. Lindsey replaces Phil Longo, who held the position for four seasons before leaving to take a similar role at Wisconsin.
Brown also announced he added the title and responsibilities of pass game coordinator to receivers coach Lonnie Galloway and run game coordinator to tight ends coach John Lily.