Who is new Cards defensive coordinator James Bettcher?

Name: James Bettcher

Age: 36

Hometown: Lakeville, Indiana

College: University of St. Francis (Indiana)

Playing experience: Played on the Cougars' offensive line from 1999-2002.

Coaching résumé: University of St. Francis, 2003-05 (special-teams coordinator and defensive line coach); Bowling Green, 2006 (defensive graduate assistant); University of North Carolina, 2007-09 (defensive graduate assistant); Ball State, 2010 (defensive ends and special-teams coach); University of New Hampshire, 2011 (linebackers coach and special-teams coordinator); Indianapolis Colts, 2012 (Special assistant to the head coach); Arizona Cardinals, 2013-14 (outside linebackers coach), 2015-present (defensive coordinator).

Get to know Bettcher:

  • He was a two-sport star at St. Francis, earning accolades in football and shot put.

  • He was a two-time NAIA coaches All-American and a two-time Don Hansen’s All-American in football.

  • He was a five-time track All-American and placed second in the shot put in the 2001 national NAIA championships.

  • He was inducted to the St. Francis Hall of Fame in 2012.

  • He was the head track coach at St. Francis in 2003-04 while he was the Cougars’ defensive line coach and special-teams coordinator.

  • The Cougars made three trips to the NAIA playoffs and two national-championship appearances in football while he was an assistant at USF.

  • At North Carolina, he worked with future NFL players Robert Quinn, Bruce Carter and Quinton Coples.

  • At New Hampshire, he coached the FCS’ leading tackler in 2011, Matt Evans, who also won the Buck Buchanan Award that year, given annually to the FCS’ top defensive player.

  • He assisted then-Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians in 2012 and helped Robert Mathis earn his first Pro Bowl nod at outside linebacker.

  • During his first season as the Cardinals’ outside linebacker coach in 2013, John Abraham made the Pro Bowl with 11.5 sacks.

  • Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor led the Cardinals with eight sacks in 2014.

  • He and his wife, Erica, have one son, Colton.