American Football Database
Jim Caldwell
File:Jim Caldwell (American football) 2010.jpg
Caldwell in 2010
Current position
Title Offensive coordinator
Team Baltimore Ravens
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-01-16) January 16, 1955 (age 67)
Place of birth Beloit, Wisconsin
Career information
College Iowa
Head coaching record
Regular season 26–22 (.542)
Postseason 2–2 (.500)
Career record NCAA: 26–63 (.292)
Bowl Games: 1–0 (1.000)
Championships won Super Bowl XLI

(Quarterbacks Coach)

Super Bowl XLVII

(Offensive Coordinator)

AFC (2006, 2009, 2012)

Team(s) as a coach/administrator










(graduate assistant)
Southern Illinois
(wide receivers coach)
(assistant - offense)
(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)
Baltimore Ravens
(quarterbacks coach)
(offensive coordinator)

James "Jim" Caldwell (born January 16, 1955) is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. He was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011 and he also served as the head coach of Wake Forest from 1993 to 2000.

Collegiate career

Caldwell was a four-year starter at defensive back for the University of Iowa in the late 1970s.

Coaching career


Caldwell served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, Southern Illinois University, Northwestern, Colorado, Louisville, and Penn State before being named head coach at 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 Colts

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 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 to the New York Jets 17–16 on January 8, 2011.

Going into the 2011 NFL season, it was announced that Caldwell's star quarterback, Peyton Manning, would likely miss the entire season. This attributed to the Colts going 2-14 and Caldwell's subsequent firing after the season.

Baltimore Ravens

Thirteen days after his dismissal from the Colts, Caldwell was named quarterbacks coach by the Baltimore Ravens on January 30, 2012.[4] On December 10, 2012 the Ravens dismissed Cam Cameron and named Caldwell the offensive coordinator.[5] On the day following the defeat of the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game, head coach John Harbaugh announced on January 22, 2013 that Caldwell would be the team's permanent offensive coordinator going into the 2013 season.[6] On February 3rd, 2013, Jim Caldwell helped lead the Baltimore offense to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the New Orleans Superdome.[7]

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Jim Caldwell has served:


Caldwell and his wife, Cheryl, have four children: Jimmy, Jermaine, Jared and Natalie.[8] On Mother's Day May 12, 2013 Jim and his wife Cheryl announced that they are expecting the birth of their son JaJuan in early September.

Head coaching record


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
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
IND 2009 14 2 0 .875 1st in AFC South 2 1 .667 Lost to New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV
IND 2010 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC South 0 1 .000 Lost to New York Jets in AFC Wild-Card Game
IND 2011 2 14 0 .125 4th in AFC South
IND Total 26 22 0 .542 2 2 .500
Total 26 22 0 .542 2 2 .500


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Dungy
Indianapolis Colts Head Coach
Succeeded by
Chuck Pagano
Preceded by
Ken Whisenhunt
Super Bowl Losing Head Coaches
Super Bowl XLIV, 2009-10
Succeeded by
Mike Tomlin