Coaching Staff

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

Malzahn
Gus Malzahn

  • Gus Malzahn is in his 4th year as Auburn’s Head Football Coach (27-13, .675)
  • Malzahn led Auburn to the BCS National Championship Game and a SEC Championship in 2013
  • Named 2013 National Coach of the Year (AP, Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson, Home Depot, Liberty Mutual, SB Nation and  Sporting News)
  • Auburn Offensive Coordinator (2009-2011); National Champion and SEC Champion – 2010; Won Broyles Award
  • Coached Cam Newton, Heisman Trophy Winner, Drafted No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers
  • Coached Nick Marshall, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Produced 13 1,000-yard rushers in nine seasons as a college head coach/coordinator, at least one in each season, including Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason (1,816) and Nick Marshall (1,068) in 2013 and Cameron-Artis Payne (1,608) in 2014
  •  Salary: $4,350,000 plus Performance Incentives (up to $1,425,000)
OFFENSIVE COACHES

Chip Lindsey
Chip Lindsey
OC/QBs

  • Chip Lindsey is in his 1st year as Auburn’s Offensive Coordinator
  • Lindsey spent 2016 coordinating the offense and coaching quarterbacks at Arizona State, where the Sun Devils averaged 33.3 points per game
  • Lindsey was an offensive analyst under Malzahn at Auburn in 2013, when the Tigers won the SEC Championship and played in the BCS National Championship Game
  • From there, he was the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss in 2014-15. Lindsey’s Golden Eagles offense set five school records in 2015, including points (528), which ranked No. 7 nationally. Lindsey developed USM quarterback Nick Mullens, the 2015 Conference USA Player of the Year
  • He was an assistant coach at five Alabama high schools: Florence, Springville, Sparkman, Deshler and Hoover. His first high school head coaching job was at Colbert Heights in 2005-06.
  • Lindsey was the head coach at Lassiter High School in Georgia for two seasons in 2008-09, coaching former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen to a 1,000-receiving yard season in ’08. Lindsey’s quarterback at Lassiter, Hutson Mason, signed with Georgia after breaking state season records for passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54) in ’09.
  • Lindsey received his first college opportunity coaching quarterbacks at Troy in 2010. Lindsey tutored Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Corey Robinson, helping the Trojans win a share of the conference title and a win in the New Orleans Bowl.
  • He returned to the Alabama high school ranks in 2011-12 as head coach at Spain Park, before joining Malzahn’s staff in 2013.
  • Lindsey played high school football at Bob Jones in Madison, Ala. He played college football at North Alabama, before transferring to Alabama as a student.

Kodi Burns
Kodi Burns
Co-OC/WRs

  • Kodi Burns is in his 1st year as Auburn’s Wide Receivers coach
  • Comes to Auburn from Arizona State where he had been named the running backs coach earlier this year.
  • Burns spent the 2015 season as the wide receivers coach at Middle Tennessee State, where he mentored Richie James and Ed Battlies. James led Conference USA with 108 receptions and his 1,346 receiving yards were third in the conference, and Battlies’ 82 receptions and 1,048 receiving yards ranked fourth and fifth in the conference, respectively.
  • Burns was the running back coach at Samford University in 2014
  • Burns was a graduate assistant at Arkansas State under Malzahn in 2012
  • Former Auburn QB and WR from 2007-2010, including playing a key role during the 2010 National and SEC Championship season
  • Burns served as an offensive graduate assistant in 2013, helping Auburn to an SEC Championship and an appearance in the 2014 BCS Championship game
  • Salary: $350,000
Hand
Herb Hand
OL

  • Herb Hand is in his 1st year as Auburn’s Offensive Line coach
  • Previous stops included Penn State, Vanderbilt, Tulsa, West Virginia and Clemson:
  • Hand was an ace recruiter for James Franklin at Penn State and Vanderbilt
  • Worked with Malzahn at Tulsa in 2007 and 2008
  • Before joining Tulsa, Hand spent six successful years at West Virginia, serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Hand helped the Mountaineers to three Big East Conference titles and five straight postseason bowl games during the span, including a 36-35 victory over Southeastern Conference champion Georgia in the 2006 Sugar Bowl.
  • Prior to moving to West Virginia, Hand served as an offensive graduate assistant at Clemson in 1999-2000, as the Tigers participated in the 1999 Peach Bowl and 2000 Gator Bowl.
  • Salary:  $420,000
Tim Horton
RBs / Special Teams
  • Tim Horton is in his 4th year as Auburn’s Running Backs coach
  • Coached Tre Mason; Heisman Finalist and SEC Player of the Year (2013), drafted by the St. Louis Rams
  • Coached Corey Grant (Kickoff Return Specialist), now with the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Coached Jay Prosch; drafted by Houston Texans
  • Coached Cameron Artis-Payne; drafted by Carolina Panthers
  • Previously at Arkansas where he coached Darren McFadden and Felix Jones
  •  Salary: $ 325,000
Larry PorterLarry Porter
TEs/H-Backs & Recruiting Coordinator
  • Larry Porter is in his first year as Auburn’s Tight Ends and H-Backs coach and Recruting Coordinator
  • Porter comes to Auburn from North Carolina, where he coached running backs and coordinated special teams for the past three seasons
  • Before UNC, Porter coached running backs at Texas and Arizona State. From 2010-11, he was the head coach at Memphis, his alma mater.  Porter earned the head coaching opportunity after excelling on Les Miles’ staff at LSU for five seasons from 2005-09.
  • At LSU, Porter twice earned National Recruiter of the Year honors by Rivals.com, in 2007 and 2009.
  • Porter coached 1,000-yard rushers at Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, LSU and North Carolina. In 2015, UNC’s Elijah Hood ran for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns.
  • A four-year letterman at Memphis, Porter rushed for 2,194 career yards and served as co-captain as a senior in 1993.
  • After coaching high school football in Memphis, Porter moved to college football in 1998, coaching running backs at Tennessee Martin. The 2017 season will be Porter’s 20th coaching college football.
DEFENSIVE COACHES

AuburnKevin Steele
DC

  • Kevin Steele is in his first year as Auburn’s Defensive Coordinator
  • Steele has six years as a defensive coordinator in the SEC and ACC including previous estops at Alabama, LSU and Tennessee.  He’s also coached at Clemson, Florida State, Baylor and Carolina of the NFL.
  • Named Rivals national recruiter of the year in 2005.
  • Steele’s brother, Jeff, is the associate athletics director for facilities and operations at Auburn
  • Steele played three seasons of collegiate football as a linebacker. He spent his freshman year at Furman University before transferring to Tennessee, where he was a member of Johnny Majors’ 1978 and 1979 squads.
  • Salary: $1,100,000 (3 year contract)
Travis Williams
T. Williams
LBs

  • Travis Williams is in his first year coaching Auburn’s linebackers
  • Williams signed with Auburn in 2001, redshirted his first season, and played the next four, winning All-SEC honors during the Tigers’ unbeaten 2004 season and winning all-conference honors again in 2005. He led Auburn in tackles in 2004, was second in 2005 and third in 2003. He won the Pat Dye Leadership Award for defense in 2004 and 2005.
  • Williams played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 and 2007.
  • Williams returned to Auburn in 2009 as a graduate assistant and was part of Auburn’s 2010 national championship season. He rejoined the Auburn program in 2014 as a defensive analyst and served as an on-field coach for the last two bowl games in the midst of coaching changes.
  • Williams graduated from Auburn in 2005 with a degree in criminology and criminal justice. He earned a master’s degree from Auburn in 2011 in adult education.
  • Salary: $225,000

R. Garner
Assoc. HC / DL

  • Rodney Garner is in his fourth year as Auburn’s defensive line coach
  • Garner played for Auburn and was named All-SEC offensive line and honorable mention All-America as a senior at Auburn in 1988, captaining the team that captured the 1988 SEC Championship.  After his playing career at Auburn, Garner had a free agent tryout with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played with the Pittsburgh Gladiators arena football team in 1989. He began his coaching career at Auburn in 1990.
  • Previously at Georgia for 15 years where he coached five NFL first round draft choices — Richard Seymour (Patriots) and Marcus Stroud (Jaguars), both Pro Bowl starters; David Pollack (Bengals); Charles Grant (Saints); and Johnathan Sullivan (Saints). He also coached draft picks DeAngelo Tyson (7th, Ravens, `12), Geno Atkins (4th, Bengals, ’10), Corvey Irvin (3rd, Panthers, `09), Jarius Wynn (6th, Packers, ’09), Kedric Golston (6th, Redskins, `06), Robert Geathers (4th, Bengals, ’04), Emarlos Leroy (6th, Jaguars, `99), and free agents Ken Veal (Chargers, `04), Paul Snellings (Colts, 2000), Brandon Miller (Colts, 2000), Charles Johnson (Panthers, ’07), Tyrone Robertson (Bills, 2000) and Demetric Evans (Cowboys, `01)
  • At Auburn, coached Dee Ford, who was a Ted Hendricks Award semifinalist and SI.com All-America honorable mention as well as both a Coaches All-SEC first-team and Associated Press All-SEC first-team selection; drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs; Also coached Gabe Wright, an AP All-SEC honorable mention pick; drafted by the Detroit Lions
  • Garner’s cousin is Charles Barkley
  • Salary: $550,000
Greg BrownGreg Brown
Co-DC /
Secondary

  • Greg Brown is in his first year coaching Auburn’s secondary
  • A 36-year coaching veteran, Brown comes to Auburn from Missouri where he spent the last year coaching cornerbacks, where the Tigers tied for the SEC lead in interceptions in the regular season
  • His resume includes 15 years of experience in the National Football League.
  • Three of his pupils; Deon Figures (Colorado, 1992), Chris Hudson (Colorado, 1994) and Gerod Holliman (Louisville, 2014) have won the Thorpe Award. Brown is the only coach to have ever coached three players that have won the Thorpe Award. In 2014, Holliman tied an NCAA record with 14 interceptions.
  • Brown has spent the last 11 years at Power Five schools coaching defensive backs, with stints at Missouri, Louisville, Alabama, Colorado and Arizona. Prior to that, he had a 12-year run coaching the secondary with five different NFL franchises. In all, Brown has 19 years of college coaching experience and 17 years of professional experience (15 NFL, two USFL) to his credit.
  • He graduated from UTEP in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in education (history/physical education). At UTEP, Brown lettered twice at cornerback. He earned his A.A. degree from Glendale (Ariz.) Junior College in 1978. Brown graduated from Arvada (Colo.) High School, where he lettered in both football and track.
SUPPOR STAFF


Ryan Russell
Strength &
Conditioning

  • Russell is in his 4th year, serving as the director of strength and conditioning for Auburn football
  • Russell held a similar position on Malzahn’s staff at Arkansas State, where he served as director of athletic performance during the 2012 season
  • From 2010-11, Russell served an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Auburn, working with the football program. He was also football’s director of sports nutrition.
  • Russell was an associate strength and conditioning coach for the Boise State football team from 2007-09
  • He served professional internships as a strength and conditioning coach at Pitt (2005) and Louisville (2004-05) before coming to Auburn as a graduate assistant coach in 2005-06
  • Russell played professional football in the Arena Football League for the Las Vegas Gladiators and the Louisville Fire in 2003
  • Salary: $285,000