Gifford Lindeim
Gifford Lindeim
Title: Head Coach (6th Season)
Previous College: San Francisco State '95; Whittier College '98; Nevada '09

Gifford Lindheim was named the eighth head coach in the now 73-year history (as of 2019) of the El Camino College football program on June 27, 2016.

He finished his fifth season at the helm in 2021. In five years at ECC, Lindheim has led the Warriors to a 31-22 overall record including three bowl game victories.

In 2019, the Warriors went 7-4 overall with a 2-3 mark in conference play but two of those losses came by a combined five points. The Warriors would earn a bid to play in the Patriotic Bowl in 2019, the third straight season the Warriors have earned a bowl bid under Lindheim. The Warriors faced conference foe San Diego Mesa on the road in the bowl game and scored a win in a 54-45 shootout to give the Warriors two wins over their conference foe in 2019. 

In 2018, the Warriors posted an 8-3 record including a 5-0 record in conference to claim the program’s first league title since 2008 and first outright conference crown since 2005. The team drew the No. 3 seed in the SCFA Southern California Playoffs, the program’s first final four appearance since the 2011 season. but the team posted its first winning season in 2017 since 2011 when they went 8-3. A total of 21 players from that team would go on to transfer to the next level including six players to the NCAA Division I level and three to “Power 5” conferences.

In 2017, Lindheim led the Warriors to their first winning season since 2011 along with ECC’s first bowl game in seven years in just his second season at the helm. The Warriors defeated Palomar in the Beach Bowl, earning the program’s first bowl victory since 2009. The team also broke a number of program records in 2017: Most Points in a Single Game (74), Scoring Average/Season (44.5), Average Passing Yards per Game (337.0), Average Total Offense per Game (507.0), Most Passing Yards in a Season (3,709) and Most Touchdowns in a Season (66).

He also coached Stephon Robinson in 2017, who set the new single season receiving yards record with 1,274 receiving yards in his lone season at ECC before transferring to the University of Kansas to play for the Jayhawks.

Under Lindheim, the Warriors have sent 75 players to the next level including 33 NCAA Division I programs and eight to “Power 5” conference teams. There have also been 49 players who have earned academic honors. In 2016, seven players were named to the Southern California Football Association All-Academic Team. That number jumped to 10 players in 2017 with seven more players getting the honors in 2018. Overall, Lindheim has had 39 players named SCFA Scholar Athletes with 31 of them coming during his time at ECC. Lindheim's current head coaching record stands at 75-42 in 10 seasons.

Lindheim brought more than two decades of coaching experience at different levels, boasting a 50-24 record as head coach in seven seasons at Santa Monica College prior to becoming the head coach of the Warriors. 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 beginning in 2009, turning the struggling program around and leading the Corsairs to five consecutive American Pacific Championships, a 34-conference game win streak and an undefeated season in 2015. To add to his five conference titles. He was named the Pacific Conference Coach of the Year five times while at SMC.

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. He served as a pass rush specialist, working with the Wolf Pack defensive line and linebacker corps.

He served as the defensive coordinator at ECC during the 2008 season before taking the head coaching job at Santa Monica College in 2009.

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.


JC Regional Coach of the Year Awards: 2 (Last: 2015) 
SCFA Coach of the Year Awards: 6 (Last: 2018)
Conference Championships: 6 (Last: 2018)
JC All-Americans: 5 (2 Defensive, 2 Offensive, 1 All-Purpose - Last: Robert Ferrel, 2019)
All-State/Region Players of the Year: 2 (1 Offensive, 1 Defensive - Last: Troy Williams, 2015) 
All-State Selections: 31 (18 Offensive, 12 Defensive, 1 All-Purpose)
Conference Players of the Year: 4 (2 Offensive, 2 Defensive - Last: Troy Williams (OPOY) and Max Lyons (DPOY), 2015)
All-Conference Selections: 133 [77 First Team (40 Offensive, 37 Defensive); 56 Second Team (25 Offensive, 31 Defensive)]
SCFA All-Academic Team Selections: 39
NCAA Transfers (El Camino College Numbers Only): 75 (33 NCAA Division I) 

Career Head Coaching Record (10 Seasons): 75-42 (50-17)
ECC Head Coaching Record (Four Seasons): 25-18 (11-9) 

Year School Record (Conference) Conference Standing Postseason Result
2020 El Camino College No Season ! N/A N/A
2019 El Camino College 7-4 (2-3) National Central League, 5th Place Patriotic Bowl Champions
2018 El Camino College 8-2 (5-0) # National Central League Champions SCFA Regional Playoffs, 1st Round
2017 El Camino College 6-5 (2-3) National Central League, 4th Place Beach Bowl Champions
2016 El Camino College 4-6 (2-3) National Central League, 4th Place N/A
2015 Santa Monica College 11-0 (7-0) #& American Pacific League Champions American Division Bowl Champions
2014 Santa Monica College 7-4 (7-0) # American Pacific League Champions Amercian Division Bowl Runner-Up
2013 Santa Monica College 8-2 (7-0) # American Pacific League Champions N/A
2012 Santa Monica College 9-2 (7-0) # American Pacific League Champions N/A
2011 Santa Monica College 8-3 (6-0) #$ American Pacific League Champions American Division Bowl Runner-Up
2010 Santa Monica College 4-6 (2-4) American Pacific League, 6th Place N/A
2009 Santa Monica College 3-7 (3-4) American Pacific League, 4th Place N/A

# - SCFA Coach of the Year

$ - JC All-California Region VI Coach of the Year
& - JC All-California Region IV Coach of the Year
! - Season Cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic



2020: No Season - COVID-19 Pandemic
2019: 14 Total; Eight First Team (3 Off. - 3 Def.) - Six Second Team (4 Off. - 2 Def.)
2018: 10 Total; Five First Team (2 Off. – 3 Def.) – Five Second Team (2 Off. – 3 Def.)
2017: 14 Total; Six First Team (2 Off. – 4 Def.) – Eight Second Team (5 Off. – 3 Def.)
2016: 11 Total; Four First Team (3 Off. – 1 Def.) – Seven Second Team (2 Off. – 5 Def.)
2015: 18 Total; 15 First Team (7 Off. – 6 Def. – OPOY/DPOY) – 3 Second Team (1 Off. – 2 Def.)
2014: 15 Total; Seven First Team (4 Off. – 3 Def.) – Eight Second Team (4 Off. – 4 Def.)
2013: 12 Total; Eight First Team (4 Off. – 4 Def.) – Four Second team (1 Off. – 3 Def.)
2012: 16 Total; 13 First Team (7 Off. – 4 Def. – OPOY/DPOY) – 3 Second Team (1 Off. – 2 Def.)
2011: 11 Total; Seven First Team (5 Off. – 2 Def.) – Four Second Team (2 Off. – 2 Def.)
2010: 8 Total; Three First Team (1 Off. – 2 Def.) – Five Second Team (2 Off. – 3 Def.)
2009: 4 Total; One First Team (Defensive) – Three Second Team (1 Off. – 2 Def.)


2020: No Season - COVID-19 Pandemic
2019: Two All-Region (Offensive)
2018: Two All-Region (1 Off. – 1 Def.)
2017: One All-Region (Offensive)
2016: One All-Region (Offensive)
2015: Six All-Region (4 Off. – 2 Def.); All-Region Offensive Player of the Year (Troy Williams)
2014: Four All-Region (1 Off. – 3 Def.)
2013: Four All-Region (2 Off. – 2 Def.)
2012: Five All-Region (3 Off. – 2 Def.); All-Region Defensive Player of the Year (Qujuan Floyd)
2011: Five All-Region (4 Off. – 1 Def.)
2010: None
2009: One All-Region (Defensive)


2020: No Season - COVID-19 Pandemic
2019: 7
2018: 7
2017: 10
2016: 7
2015: 4
2014: 2
2010: 2


2019: Robert Ferrel (ECC); Kick and Punt Returner/All-Purpose
2016: Emerald Faletuipapai (ECC); Offensive Lineman
2014: Jayshawn Lowe (Santa  Monica): Defensive Back
2013: Dontae Livingston (Santa Monica): Offensive Lineman
2012: Qujuan Floyd (Santa Monica): Defensive Back


2015: Troy Williams (Santa Monica); Quarterback
2012: Qujuan Floyd (Santa Monica); Defensive Back


2015 All-California Region IV Coach of the Year
2011 All-California Region VI Coach of the Year

**Updated 8/31/22**