Cutcliffe fills out his staff, hires three

From staff reports

OXFORD - Ole Miss football coach David Cutcliffe has recommended the hiring of Don Lindsey, Thomas (T.D.) Woods, and Ruben Mendoza to become members of his 2001 staff.

At the same time, Cutcliffe also announced that receivers coach Mike MacIntyre will switch to coaching the defensive backs.

The recommendations are pending approval of the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

"I am extremely pleased with these men, not only with the ability they bring to our staff, but the kind of people they are," Cutcliffe said. "They are proven, outstanding leaders of young men."

Lindsey will become defensive coordinator and coach linebackers, Woods will coach wide receivers, and Mendoza will take over as head strength and conditioning coach.

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 joins Cutcliffe's Ole Miss staff after spending the last two years 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.

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.

A native of Gallatin, Tenn., Woods comes to Ole Miss from Western Carolina University where he coached receivers the last four years. 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.

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.

Mendoza, a Crystal City, Tex., native, has been the assistant director of strength, speed and conditioning for the last four years at Clemson University.

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.

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