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James Bettcher (born May 27, 1978) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served the same role for the Arizona Cardinals.

James Bettcher
New York Giants
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1978-05-27) May 27, 1978 (age 41)
Lakeville, Indiana
Career information
High school:Lakeville (IN) LaVille
College:Saint Francis (IN)
Career history
As coach:
Coaching stats at PFR


Coaching historyEdit


Bettcher began his coaching career in 2004 as special teams coordinator & defensive line coach for Saint Francis (IN). He then served as a graduate assistant for Bowling Green, before holding positions for North Carolina, Ball State and New Hampshire.


After coaching at numerous colleges, Bettcher was hired by the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. He coached under Bruce Arians when Arians was interim head coach of the Colts. When Arians was hired by the Cardinals as head coach, Bettcher followed him to Arizona.[1] After defensive coordinator Todd Bowles left to become head coach of the New York Jets, Bettcher was promoted to take his place.

On January 23, 2018, Bettcher was hired by the New York Giants to serve as defensive coordinator under head coach Pat Shurmur.[2]


  1. ^ Report: Cardinals add James Bettcher to coaching staff
  2. ^ "James Bettcher will be Giants defensive coordinator under Pat Shurmur, report says". Retrieved January 25, 2018.

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