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Jim Caldwell
Date of birth January 16, 1955 (1955-01-16) (age 55)
Place of birth Beloit, Wisconsin
Position(s) Head Coach
College Iowa
Regular season 14–2–0
Career record NFL 14–2–0
NCAA 26–63
Team(s) as a coach/administrator









(grad. assistant)
Southern Illinois
(wide receivers coach)
(offensive assistant)
(wide receivers coach)
(wide receivers coach)
Penn State
(quarterbacks coach)
Wake Forest
(Head coach)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(quarterbacks coach)
Indianapolis Colts
(quarterbacks coach/assistant head coach)
Indianapolis Colts
(Head coach)

Jim Caldwell (born January 16, 1955 in Beloit, Wisconsin) is the current head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He also served as the head coach of Wake Forest from 1993 to 2000. He had a career collegiate record of 26–63. He has served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, Southern Illinois University, Northwestern, Colorado, Louisville, and Penn State. Caldwell was a four-year starter at defensive back for the University of Iowa in the late 1970s. Caldwell is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Caldwell holds the NFL record for the best start by a rookie head coach, starting his career with 14 wins.


Indianapolis Colts

On January 13, 2008, Caldwell was formally announced as the future replacement for former Colts head coach Tony Dungy. On January 12, 2009, Dungy announced his retirement, putting Caldwell in the head coaching position. [1] He was formally introduced at a press conference the following day.[2]

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Jim Caldwell has served:

Assistant coaches under Jim Caldwell who have become NFL head coaches:

  • None


Caldwell and his wife, Cheryl, have four children: Jimmy, Jermaine, Jared and Natalie[3].

Coaching record


College Football Coaching Career

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Rank#
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1993–2000)
1993 Wake Forest 2–9 1–7 9th
1994 Wake Forest 3–8 1–7 8th
1995 Wake Forest 1–10 0–8 9th
1996 Wake Forest 3–8 1–7 8th
1997 Wake Forest 5–6 3–5 7th
1998 Wake Forest 3–8 2–6 7th
1999 Wake Forest 7–5 3–5 5th W Aloha Bowl
2000 Wake Forest 2–9 1–7 8th
Wake Forest: 26–63 12–52
Total: 26–63
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

NFL Coaching Career

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
IND 2009 14 2 0 .875 1st in AFC South 0 0 - TBD
IND Total 14 2 0 .875 0 0 -
Total 14 2 0 .875 0 0 -

Benching Controversy

On December 27, 2009, Caldwell made a decision to remove the Colts' starters with a 15–10 lead in the third quarter against the New York Jets. The Jets went on to win 29–15, ending the Colts' record regular-season win streak at 23 games and the Colts' opportunity to become the third NFL team to finish with a perfect regular-season record. It also ended any hope that the Colts would become the only team other than the 1972 Miami Dolphins to win the Super Bowl with a perfect season. The Colts already had clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, and Caldwell opted to follow the protocol of preserving his starters before the playoffs despite the rare chance to finish undefeated. Colts fans at Lucas Oil Stadium booed the decision, which included replacing Colts quarterback Peyton Manning with rookie backup Curtis Painter. "A perfect season has never been the goal," Caldwell said afterward. "You still have to look at your main objective, which is how you want to function in the post-season."[4]


External links

Preceded by
Bill Dooley
Wake Forest Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Jim Grobe
Preceded by
Tony Dungy
Indianapolis Colts Head Coaches
Succeeded by


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