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Doeren Hires Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay as New Nickels Coach

NC State Football Completes its Defensive Staff Overhaul

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NC State football announced that it has filled its nickels coach vacancy with the hiring of former Wolfpack linebacker, Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay.

Aughtry-Lindsay played for the Wolfpack from 2001-04 and is probably most remembered for the two defensive TDs he scored in a 2003 win over UConn (a 48-yard fumble recovery and a game-winning 56-yard interception return).

After his playing career, he got his college coaching start in 2008 as an NC State recruiting office assistant and then as a defensive graduate assistant in 2009-10. Since then Aughtry-Lindsay has coached all over the state including Elon (2012-13), St. Augustine’s (‘14), Campbell (2015-17), and most recently as defensive coordinator at NC Central (‘19). Aughtry-Lindsay also got some Power 5 experience spending 2018 with Ole Miss as a senior player personnel analyst.

This caps an overhaul of the defensive staff with new Defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson being the only assistant returning from last season. Former nickels coach Aaron Henry looked like he would also return, but is taking a promotion and pay raise to become the defensive backs coach at Vanderbilt. Henry will be joining former Wolfpack safeties coach and co-DC Ted Roof who was just hired as the Commodores’ new Defensive Coordinator.