John Lindley enters his 15th season coaching on the defensive side of the ball. He joined the Charger coaching staff in 2005 as its linebackers coach, and has since transitioned to coaching the defensive line. His previous coaching stops have included Central Michigan University, Tiffin University, Michigan Tech University and Eastern Michigan University. After 12 seasons guiding the Charger linebackers, the 2017 season sees Lindley transitioning into the role of defensive line coach.
An enthusiastic and passionate coach, Lindley hits the practice field with one standing philosophy: “We will be the most aggressive linebacking unit in football.” Under Lindley’s guidance, linebacker Tom Korte put together an outstanding four-year career for the Chargers from 2005-08, and signed with the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Most recently, Lindley has guided the career of two-time First-Team All-GLIAC linebacker Brett Pasche, and in 2018, saw one of his players, Zach VanValkenburg, be named the G-MAC Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Lindley focuses his recruiting area to the north east portion of Michigan.
Lindley was an assistant coach at CMU under newly elected College Football Hall of Famer Herb Deromedi in 1991 when the Chippewas upset then-No. 18 ranked Michigan State, 20-3. In the summer of 2006, Lindley enjoyed one of the great experiences of his life when he observed U.S. Marine Corps training procedures at the base in Quantico, Va.