Brian Lindgren begins his third season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in his sixth overall on the offensive staff at Northern Arizona University.
He originally joined the program as a graduate assistant for the 2006 season and coached the wide receivers. He was promoted to the full-time staff in 2007 and coached the running backs before serving as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2008.
The offense had a breakout season in 2009 in his second season calling the plays. Overall, NAU ranked fifth in the country in passing offense (308.6) and total offense (439.5) and ninth in passing efficiency (147.8), helping nine players garner all-conference accolades.
Lindgren produced Walter Payton Award finalist Michael Herrick, recording two of the top four, four of the top 21 single-game passing performances in school history and the top two single-game passing totals in Walkup Skydome history in 2009. He threw for a school record 574 yards and four touchdowns against Eastern Washington, shattering the school record of 474 set by Travis Brown against Montana in 1996. An All-Big Sky second team selection, Herrick ranked third in the Big Sky and 15th in the nation in passing efficiency at 149.5 and second in the Big Sky and sixth in the nation in total offense (298.3).
Running back Alex Henderson, who earned All-Big Sky first-team honors, ranked sixth in the nation in rushing per game, while wide receiver Ed Berry, whose 75 receptions and 1,075 yards are among the top-five single-season totals in school history, was an All-American and ranked among the national top 10 in receptions per game and receiving yards.
In 2010, Zach Bauman was among the top freshmen running backs in the country in rushing yards per game, one of four freshmen in Division I to average more than 94 yards. He broke the school’s freshman rushing mark, ranked 25th overall in the FCS in rushing per game and was the top freshman in the FCS. Herrick finished his career as the school’s all-time career leader in completion percentage and yards per attempts (7.5), while leaving his mark on the record books in several categories including touchdowns, passing yards, pass completions and pass attempts.
In his first season as offensive coordinator in 2008, NAU gained 772 yards of total offense against the New Mexico Highlands, shattering the school record set in 1989 against Nevada of 674. It was the highest single-game total in the FCS and second overall in all Division I last season. The offensive unit produced the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year and eight All-Big Sky selections while ranking 23rd in the nation in total offense.
During the 2007 season the running backs were one of the most productive units in the Big Sky Conference, ranking 13th in the nation overall. NAU led the league in rushing by more than 50 yards per game while producing three players who ranked among the top 100 rushers in the Football Championship Subdivision, the only school to accomplish the feat. Both Alex Henderson (82.5 yards per game) and Lionel Scott (74.7) earned All-Big Sky honors.
During the 2006 season Lindgren tutored the wide receiving corp into productive group that helped NAU rank first in scoring offense (34.4 points per game) and total offense (405.1) in the Big Sky Conference, fifth and sixth respectively on the national charts. Junior Alex Watson was named a consensus first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation, Sports Network, Associated Press and College Sporting News (Fabulous FCS 50), He recorded a team-best and school-record 82 receptions for 1,017 yards and a school-record 15 touchdowns. Sophomore Skyler Moore and junior Kenny Mahone combined for another 79 receptions, 1,161 yards and 15 touchdowns, earning All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention honors.
Lindgren graduated in 2004 from the University of Idaho where he received his bachelor of science in business and marketing. Lindgren was a three-year letterwinner from 1999-03 and was voted as the team captain in 2002. He was first team All-Sun Belt Conference at quarterback in 2002. Lindgren also holds school records for passing touchdowns in a single game (6), most yards passing in a single game (637), and most completions in a single game (49). He also set the NCAA record for the most total offensive yards by a sophomore (657). Lindgren accumulated 6,451 yards passing and 44 touchdowns in his three-year career.
Lindgren received academic All-Sun Belt Conference honors from 2001-03. He was also awarded the Kathy Clark Scholar Athlete Award which is given to the highest GPA out of the graduating seniors. Lindgren recently earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from NAU in 2007.
Prior to NAU, Lindgren also served as quarterbacks coach at the University of Redlands in 2005. He is married to the former Bradee Fitzpatrick. They have two children, including son Bronson Fitz Lindgren and daughter Blake Anne Lindgren.
Brian Lindgren, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Born: August 6, 1980
College: University of Idaho, 2004; Northern Arizona University, 2007
Playing Experience: University of Idaho, 1999-2003
Family: Wife, Bradee Fitzpatrick and son, Bronson.
Recruiting Areas: East Valley (Mesa), Southern California (Ventura Co. / San Fernando Valley)
Lindgren’s Coaching Chronology
2005 University of Redlands, Quarterbacks
2006 Northern Arizona University, Wide Receivers
2007 Northern Arizona University, Running Backs
2008 Northern Arizona University, Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2009-Pres. Northern Arizona University, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks