Martindale leaves Western Kentucky for NFL

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders hired Don Martindale
as their linebackers coach Monday.

Martindale spent the past three seasons at Western Kentucky,
where he was defensive coordinator last season. Under Martindale,
the Hilltoppers ranked sixth in Division I-AA in total defense and
14th in scoring defense.

The 40-year-old Martindale coached Western Kentucky's inside
linebackers in 2002 when the team won the NCAA Division I-AA title.

Martindale, a native of Dayton, Ohio, entered the coaching ranks
as an assistant at his alma mater, Defiance College in Ohio, in