Jan. 13, 2009
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Jim Caldwell, a four-year letterwinner for the University of Iowa football team in the late 1970s, joined an exclusive fraternity today when he was named head coach of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
Caldwell, a four-year starter at defensive back for Iowa in the mid-1970s , was the associate head coach of the Colts. He filled the void created by the retirement of current Colt head coach Tony Dungy.
Caldwell’s coaching career began in 1977 when he served as an assistant coach for Iowa’s Bob Commings. His career continued with positions at, in order, Southern Illinois, Northwestern, Colorado, Louisville, Penn State and Wake Forest where he was head coach for seven seasons. Caldwell was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer staff for the 2001 season before moving to Indianapolis as the quarterbacks coach in 2002.
The 2008 NFL season was Caldwell’s first as the Colts’ associated head coach, a position he assumed on Jan. 21, 2008.
Indianapolis finished 12-4 in the 2008 regular season, a game behind Tennessee in the AFC South. The Colts’ season ended on Jan. 3 when they were defeated by San Diego, 23-17, in San Diego.