After serving as Co-Defensive Coordinator for the Warriors during the 2008 season, Gifford Lindheim returns to El Camino College as the head coach.
Lindheim brings over two decades of coaching experience at different levels, boasting a 50-24 record as head coach in seven seasons. He has coached a number of NFL players, including names such as Steve Smith and Brandon Marshall.
Most recently he served as head coach at Santa Monica College, turning the struggling program around and leading the Corsairs to five consecutive American Pacific Championships, a 34-conference game win streak, and capped by an undefeated season in 2015. To add to his five conference titles, Lindheim is a five-time Coach of the Year and boasted the top offense and defense in Southern California last season.
He began his coaching career in 1995 at University High School, serving as quarterbacks, running backs, and defensive line coach for two seasons (1995-97), before moving to the NCAA Division III level at Whittier College. Lindheim spent four seasons with the Poets, holding multiple positions including defensive line coach, special teams coordinator, and recruiting coordinator.
His next stop was at Venice High School for four seasons as defensive coordinator, where he helped to develop 15 Division I student-athletes, while the team earned three-consecutive undefeated conference championships.
Lindheim spent one season at West Los Angeles College in 2006 as outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator before accepting a position at the University of Nevada as graduate assistant as a pass rush specialist, working with the Wolfpack defensive line and linebacker corp.
Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from San Francisco State in 1995, Lindheim was a starting running back for the Gators. He was named team captain and earned three letters, receiving the Coaches Award and Val Sakovich Career Award.
Published six times in magazines and manuals, he also has two Master’s degrees in Education and Higher Administration in Education from Whittier College (1998) and the University of Nevada (2009), respectively.