On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Apr. 21, 2014 8:00AM MST Start of offseason workouts Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Wed., Apr. 23, 2014 8:00AM MST Cardinals Charities Golf Tournament Cardinals Charities Golf Tournament at Whirlwind Golf Club (5692 W North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226).
  • Thu., Apr. 24, 2014 5:00PM - 9:00PM MST "Spring Tailgate" at the Big Red Rib and Music Festival The Cardinals are hosting a live TV special, as team president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim, and coach Bruce Arians preview the 2014 Draft and season with hosts Paul Calvisi and Ron Wolfley. There will be players in attendance.
  • Mon., May. 05, 2014 8:00AM MST On-field work Players allowed on-field football work with coaching (no helmets, no contact, no offense vs. defense)
  • Thu., May. 08, 2014 5:00PM MST NFL Draft First round of the NFL draft.
  • Fri., May. 09, 2014 3:30PM MST NFL Draft Second and third rounds of the NFL draft.
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 9:00AM MST NFL Draft Fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL draft.
  • Tue., May. 20, 2014 8:00AM MST Organized Team Activities Players allowed on-field football work with coaching. Helmets allowed, as is offense vs. defense.
  • Wed., May. 21, 2014 8:00AM MST Organized Team Activities Players allowed on-field football work with coaching. Helmets allowed, as is offense vs. defense.
  • Thu., May. 22, 2014 8:00AM MST Organized Team Activities Players allowed on-field football work with coaching. Helmets allowed, as is offense vs. defense.

Coaches

Print
RSS
James Bettcher
Outside Linebackers
College:
University of St. Francis (IN)
Experience:
2

Biography

James Bettcher enters his first season with the Cardinals after being hired as outside linebackers coach on 2/5/13. He is in his second season in the NFL after serving as special assistant to the head coach with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.

James Bettcher enters his first season with the Cardinals after being hired as outside linebackers coach on 2/5/13. He is in his second season in the NFL after serving as special assistant to the head coach with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.

Last season, Bettcher assisted Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and 2012 NFL Coach of the Year Bruce Arians, who served as interim coach for 12 games while Pagano was receiving treatment for leukemia. Bettcher assisted with the Colts outside linebackers, helping Robert Mathis get selected to his first Pro Bowl at OLB and fifth selection overall. The Colts improved from 2-14 in 2011 to 11-5 in 2012, tied for the third-largest turnaround in NFL history, and earned a Wild Card berth in the AFC playoffs.

Prior to joining the Colts, Bettcher spent nine years in the college coaching ranks. In 2011, he served as linebackers coach/special teams coordinator at New Hampshire, and he coached the NCAA FCS leading tackler and 2011 Buck Buchanan Award Winner (FCS National Defensive Player of the Year), Matt Evans. He also helped the Wildcats rank in the top 20 nationally in both punt return and punt coverage.

Bettcher coached defensive ends and special teams at Ball State in 2010, where he helped tutor Robert Eddins who led the team in sacks and earned All-MAC honors. From 2007-2009, Bettcher worked as a defensive assistant/defensive graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina, coaching linebackers and special teams and helped the 2009 team finish sixth in the nation in overall defense. In 2006, he was a defensive graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University, working with the secondary and special teams units.

His coaching career began at his alma mater, the University of St. Francis (IN), from 2003-05 as special teams coordinator and defensive line coach. He also worked with the strength and conditioning staff and was the head track coach in 2003-04. During his stint at St. Francis, the Cougars made three trips to the playoffs, including two national championship game appearances.

During his playing career at St. Francis as an offensive lineman, Bettcher was a three-time NAIA All-America Scholar, a three-time Mid-States Football Association Scholar, a two-time NAIA Coaches All-America choice and a two-time Don Hansen’s All-America selection. He earned all-conference honors three times and was the recipient of the St. Francis Helmet Award for leadership and coachability in 2002. Bettcher was also a four-time track All-America choice for the Cougars, where he placed second in the shot put at the 2001 NAIA Championships.

Bettcher, a native of Lakeville, IN, was inducted into the St. Francis Hall of Fame in 2012. He and his wife, Erica, have one son, Colton.

Photos

  • club
  • club
  • club
  • club
  • club

Recent Articles

Recent Videos