Report: Cardinals add James Bettcher to coaching staff

Jan 25, 2013, 9:28 PM | Updated: 9:41 pm

The Arizona Cardinals have hired former Indianapolis Colts special assistant to the head coach James Bettcher as their outside linebackers coach, according to coachingsearch.com.

Bettcher worked closely with new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who was the offensive coordinator and interim head coach in Indianapolis last season.

Prior to his 2012 season with the Colts, Bettcher was the linebackers coach for NCAA D-I FCS New Hampshire Wildcats. In 2011, he served as the defensive ends coach for the Ball State Cardinals. From 2007 to 2009, the North Carolina Tar Heels had Bettcher on staff as a defensive graduate assistant, following a year at the same position for Bowling Green in 2006.

Bettcher’s playing career consisted of four years with NCAA D-I FCS St. Francis as a defensive end. He was hired as a special teams coordinator with the Red Flash following his four years as an athlete.

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