Jim Caldwell
Head Coach

Jim Caldwell enters his third season as head coach of the Colts.  Caldwell served with Indianapolis for seven years before taking over as field general in 2009.  Caldwell spent his first three seasons as quarterbacks coach before earning the expanded title of assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season.  He was elevated to associate head coach with the club on January 21, 2008.

Jim Caldwell enters his third season as head coach of the Colts.  Caldwell served with Indianapolis for seven years before taking over as field general in 2009.  Caldwell spent his first three seasons as quarterbacks coach before earning the expanded title of assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season.  He was elevated to associate head coach with the club on January 21, 2008.

In his first two seasons at the helm, Caldwell has directed the Colts to 14-2 and 10-6 regular-season records, winning consecutive AFC South titles, an AFC Championship and a berth in Super Bowl XLIV.  Caldwell is one of approximately 30 NFL head coaches ever to produce 24+ regular-season victories and a Super Bowl berth in any two-year career span, while being one of four field leaders to do it in opening a career.  From 2002-10, Caldwell has been a part of Colts teams that lead the league in victories.  From 2003-09, Indianapolis set the NFL marks with seven consecutive seasons with 11+ (6, Dallas, 1976-81) and 12+ victories (4, Dallas, 1992-95).  From 2002-10, Indianapolis has nine consecutive 10+-victory seasons, the NFL’s second-longest streak (16, San Francisco, 1983-98).  The Colts have an NFL record-tying nine consecutive playoff appearances (Dallas, 1975-83), and Indianapolis is the only team to post double-digit victory seasons and playoff berths each season since the 2002 Realignment.  From 2008-09, Indianapolis set the NFL record with 23 consecutive regular-season victories (21 New England, 2006-08).  Indianapolis also won 115 regular-season games from 2000-09, the most by a team in a decade in NFL history.  From 2004-09, Indianapolis became the only NFL team to win at least seven consecutive games in six consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008; 14, 2009).  The Colts won six division crowns in the 2000-09 decade, two short of the NFL record set by Minnesota (8) in the 1970s.  The club’s nine playoff berths in the decade tied the NFL record set by Dallas (9) in the 1970s.  Indianapolis’ winning ways include a 42-12 record in AFC South play, and the club has owned or shared the lead in 123 of 153 weeks of the division’s existence.  

In 2010, Caldwell helped produce the franchise’s 20th 10+-victory season, and he is one of six Colts head coaches to earn double-digit victory totals (7, Tony Dungy; 4, Don Shula; 3, Ted Marchibroda; 2, Don McCafferty; 2, Jim Mora; 2, Caldwell).  Caldwell joined McCafferty (1970-71), Marchibroda (1975-76) and Dungy (2002-03) as the only Colts head coaches to earn double-digit victory totals and playoff berths in the first two years with the club.  In 2009, Caldwell became the only Colts head coach to win his first 14 games.  Caldwell became the second rookie head coach since the 1978 NFL move to a 16-game season to win 14 games (George Seifert, San Francisco, 1989).  The 14-0 start marked the third in league history (16-0, New England, 2007; 14-0, Miami, 1972).  The 13-0 start was the second for the club in the past six seasons (13-0, 2005).  Caldwell was the only NFL rookie head coach to win his first 14 games in a season, surpassing Potsy Clark (8, Portsmouth, 1931), and he surpassed Wally Lemm (10, 1961 Houston Oilers-1962 St. Louis Cardinals) for the most consecutive wins to start a career.  Caldwell became the fifth rookie head coach to reach the Super Bowl (McCafferty, Colts, 1970; Red Miller, Denver, 1977; Seifert, San Francisco, 1989; Bill Callahan, Oakland, 2002).  Caldwell joined Chuck Knox (L.A. Rams, 1973), Miller (Denver, 1977), Mike Martz (St. Louis, 2000) and Josh McDaniels (Denver, 2009) as the only rookie head coaches in the Super Bowl era to start 6-0.  He became the fourth coach ever to start 6-0 when succeeding a head coach who won 100+ games (Blanton Collier, Cleveland, 1963, succeeded Paul Brown, 111 wins; Jack Pardee, Washington, 1978, succeeded George Allen, 116 wins; McDaniels, Denver, 2009, succeeded Mike Shanahan, 146 wins; Caldwell, Colts, 2009, succeeded Tony Dungy, 139 wins).

Caldwell’s leadership has helped the Colts annually have one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses.  Indianapolis ranked 1st in NFL passing in 2010.  The Colts have ranked in the top four in NFL scoring offense in nine of the past 12 years.  The club has ranked in the top three in AFC passing offense and top six in the NFL for 13 consecutive seasons, leading the conference seven times and the league three times.  In 2010, the Colts won the division title and earned the AFC’s third playoff seed.  QB-Peyton Manning was 450-679-4,700, 33 TDs/17 ints.  Manning set club seasonal-bests in completions, attempts and yards, while his completion total also set the NFL seasonal record.  Manning was selected to his 11th Pro Bowl, surpassing John Unitas for the most by a Colts QB and tying Brett Favre for the most by an NFL QB.  It was Manning’s ninth consecutive Pro Bowl citation, ranking behind DE-Gino Marchetti’s 11 for the most in club history.  The offense produced a franchise-record 13th consecutive season with 5,000+ net yards, and the team has topped 400 points 10 times in the past 12 seasons.  Manning extended his own NFL records with his 13th consecutive 25+-TD season and an 11th 4,000+-yardage season.  Manning has 208 consecutive starts, the most ever to open a career at any NFL position (207, OG-Gene Upshaw, Oakland) and the second-longest QB streak in NFL history (297, Favre).  Manning has 11 double-digit victory seasons, the most by an NFL QB in the Super Bowl era.  His 141 starting wins rank 1st in club history (118, Unitas) and are 4th-most in NFL history (186, Favre; 148, John Elway; 147, Dan Marino).  Manning (4,682-7,210-54,828, 399 TDs/198 ints.) is the 4th QB with 50,000 career yards.  He ranks 3rd in NFL touchdown passes, and he stands as the only NFL QB with 200 more career scoring passes than interceptions.  WRs-Reggie Wayne (111-1,355), Pierre Garcon (67) and Austin Collie (58), along with TEs-Jacob Tamme (67) and Dallas Clark (37), led the receivers.  Wayne topped 100 receptions for a third time and produced a seventh consecutive 1,000+ season, along with topping 10,000 career reception yards.  Wayne and Manning ended the year with 779 completions for 10,602 yards, 2nd-most by any NFL duo.  DEs-Robert Mathis (11) and Dwight Freeney (10) topped the club in sacks.  Mathis and Freeney earned a third straight tandem Pro Bowl nomination, an NFL first since 1970, and were joined by Manning, Wayne and C-Jeff Saturday.  In 2009, the Colts won their first 14 games, took the AFC title and advanced to the Super Bowl for the second time since 2006.  The club had seven fourth-quarter comeback wins, the most by any team since the 1970 NFL Merger.  The Colts had a league-record five straight comeback wins during weeks 8-12, setting an additional NFL mark during those first four games by winning four straight comebacks by a total combined margin of 10-or-fewer points.  Manning was 393-571-4,500, 33 TDs/16 ints., for a franchise-record 68.8 completion percentage.  Manning won an unprecedented fourth Associated Press Most Valuable Player Award (2003-04, 08-09), surpassing Favre for the most nominations.  Manning (42,322, 314; 2000-09) became the only NFL QB with 40,000+ passing yards and 300+ touchdowns in a decade, while 3,579 completions set a decade record.  Wayne (100) and Clark (100) helped the Colts become the fourth NFL team with two 100+ seasonal receivers.  Manning, Wayne, Clark, Saturday, Freeney, Mathis and DB-Antoine Bethea earned Pro Bowl bids.

Caldwell joined Indianapolis from Tampa Bay, where he served as quarterbacks coach during the 2001 season.  At Tampa Bay, Caldwell assisted with an attack that saw WR-Keyshawn Johnson post a franchise seasonal-best 106 receptions for 1,266 yards, while QB-Brad Johnson set a club seasonal mark with 340 completions.  Caldwell has more than 20 years of collegiate experience.  Caldwell spent 1993-2000 as head coach at Wake Forest.  In 1999, Caldwell led the school to its first winning season and bowl game since 1992.  Wake Forest defeated Arizona State, 23-3, in the Aloha Bowl.  During Caldwell’s tenure, Wake Forest ranked among the nation’s Top 25 teams in passing offense on four different occasions, including 10th in the NCAA in 1995.  That season, QB-Rusty LaRue established seven NCAA passing records.

Caldwell served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois (1978-80), Northwestern (1981), Colorado (1982-84), Louisville (1985) and Penn State (1986-92).  Caldwell joined Penn State as wide receivers coach.  He then coached quarterbacks the following season and added passing game coordinator responsibilities in 1988.  At Penn State, Caldwell tutored QB-Kerry Collins, who went on to win the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top college quarterback and the Maxwell Award as the nation’s most outstanding player.  Caldwell has coached in six bowl games and won a national championship with Penn State in 1986.  In addition to serving on Joe Paterno’s staff that won a national championship, Caldwell tutored under three other coaches who won collegiate titles (Rey Dempsey, Southern Illinois; Bill McCartney, Colorado; Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville).

Caldwell was a four-year starter as a defensive back at Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes in 1977.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa.

Caldwell was born on January 16, 1955 in Beloit, Wis.  He and his wife, Cheryl, have four children: Jimmy, Jermaine, Jared and Natalie.


College: Iowa 1973-76.

Coaching Career: Iowa 1977; Southern Illinois 1978-80; Northwestern 1981; Colorado 1982-84; Louisville 1985; Penn State 1986-92; Wake Forest (head coach) 1993-00; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2001; Indianapolis Colts 2002-present.