'''James Caldwell''' (born January 16, 1955) is an American football coach and former player who most recently was the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He served as the head football coach at Wake Forest University from 1993 to 2000, and as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011 and Detroit Lions from 2014 to 2017. Caldwell has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams in his career; as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach of the 2006 Indianapolis Colts season|2006 Colts ([[Super Bowl XLI]]), and as offensive coordinator of the 2012 Baltimore Ravens ([[Super Bowl XLVII]]).
Jim Caldwell

Date of birth January 16 1955 (1955-01-16) (age 65)
Place of birth Beloit, Wisconsin
No. N/A
Position Head Coach
College Iowa University(1977)
Career highlights
Notable career highlights Super Bowl champion (XLI (Indianapolis Colts Head Coach, XLVII), (Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach)
Coaching Record / Statistics
Regular season 62-50
Postseason 2-4
Career coaching record 64-54 (NFL)
26-63 (NCAA)
Super Bowl
Super Bowl champion (XLI, XLVII)
Career player statistics (if any)
Playing stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a player (if any)
Team(s) as a coach/administrator (if any)
* Iowa (1977)
Graduate assistant

Collegiate careerEdit

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.

Coaching careerEdit


Caldwell served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, Southern Illinois University, Northwestern, Colorado, Univ. of Louisville, and Penn State before being named head coach at [[[Wake Forest Demon Deacons|Wake Forest]] in 1993. He was the first African-American coach in the ACC.

In eight years, Caldwell had a record of 26–63. He installed a powerful passing attack that set numerous school records (many of which have since been broken under his successor, Jim Grobe). However, his teams rarely ran well; in one year the Demon Deacons' leading rusher only notched 300 yards for the entire season. He only had one winning season, in 1999 when the Deacons won the Aloha Bowl.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Caldwell joined Tony Dungy's staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001 as quarterbacks coach. He followed Dungy to Indianapolis in 2002 and remained with him for his entire tenure, helping lead the Colts to a win in Super Bowl XLI.

On January 13, 2008, Caldwell was formally announced as Dungy's successor-in-waiting. 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]

Caldwell had one of the best debut seasons.542 for a head coach in NFL history, finishing with a 14–2 record. The Colts rushed out to a 14–0 start. With the AFC South title and the top seed in the AFC playoffs secured, Caldwell opted (on orders from then GM, Bill Polian) to sit out his starting players the last two games of the season (both losses), drawing controversy to him and the team.[3] He later won his first playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens on January 16, 2010. On January 24, 2010, Caldwell became the 5th rookie head coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl with a 30–17 victory over the New York Jets. Caldwell holds the NFL record for the best start by a rookie head coach, starting his career with 14 wins. The 14 wins also tied a franchise record.

On February 7, 2010, Caldwell's rookie season ended with a 31–17 loss in Super Bowl XLIV to the New Orleans Saints. In his second season the Colts reached the playoffs where they lost in disappointing fashion to the New York Jets 17–16 on January 8, 2011.

Following a 2–14 record in 2011, Caldwell was fired on January 17, 2012.

Baltimore RavensEdit

Thirteen days after his dismissal from the Colts, Caldwell was named quarterbacks coach by the Baltimore Ravens on January 30, 2012.[4]

Coaching treeEdit

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.[5] On January 7, 2012 the Caldwell family announced they are anticipating a 5th child, Deloris in July.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
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
2000 Wake Forest 2–9 1–7 8th
Wake Forest: 26–63 12–52
Total: 26–63


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Win % Result
IND2009 1420.5421st in AFC South21.667Lost to New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV
IND2010 1060.6251st in AFC South01.000Lost to New York Jets in AFC Wild-Card Game
IND2011 2140.1254th in AFC South
IND Total26220.54222.500


  1. Tony Dungy steps down after 7 seasons with Colts,, Jan 12, 2009, last accessed March 6, 2012.
  2. NFL REPORT: Patriots' Pioli gets GM job with K.C,, Jan 14, 2009, first accessed Jan 20, 2009.
  3. Indianapolis Colts' Jim Caldwell defends pulling starters vs. New York Jets, article, December 28, 2009.
  4. Mink, Ryan. "Ravens Hire Caldwell As QBs Coach," Baltimore Ravens, Monday, January 30, 2012.
  5. Colts Profile

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