Shane Beamer leaned on one of his recent hires to make another one in new defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey. He came highly recommended by, and worked with, new defensive coordinator Clayton White in their time at Western Kentucky.

“Jimmy has a really impressive track record of success with the guys he’s coached and came highly recommended by Coach White, who worked with him at Western Kentucky,” Beamer said in a release from the school. “I love that he has ties to the Carolinas — born in South Carolina and raised in North Carolina — and has coached and recruited in this region as well.”

Although most of his experience is at the Group of 5 level, he spent the 2020 season at Illinois on Lovie Smith’s staff. He coached at WKU in 2018 and ’19.

The Gamecocks’ defensive staff is Mike Peterson at outside linebackers and defensive ends, while White will be in charge of the inside linebackers, and Torrian Gray will coach the defensive backs.

Lindsey’s coaching career began at his alma mater, Chattanooga, where he was an assistant in 2000 and ’01 while finishing up his degree. Following graduation, he was named the Mocs’ linebackers coach in 2002.

He then spent four seasons (2003-06) at Gardner-Webb, where he coached the defensive line, linebackers, special teams and was also the recruiting coordinator. Lindsey then coached for two seasons (2007-08) at Miami (Ohio), as the defensive ends coach and co-special teams coordinator, then one year at Tennessee-Martin as the defensive line coach before returning to Chattanooga for two seasons (2010-11) as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator.

Lindsey then spent four years at Furman from 2012-15. He was the Paladins’ defensive line coach for three seasons before he added the title of Assistant Head Coach in his final season in Greenville.

Lindsey spent the 2016 season at Georgia Southern as the defensive line coach, before he moved to WKU.