Jeremy Scheufler - Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Jeremy Scheufler joined the Swede football team as offensive coordinator in 2009. Scheufler holds a bachelor's degree secondary social science education from Bethany as well as a master's degree in educational leadership from MidAmerica Nazerene University.
During his first season with the Swedes, Scheufler coached four players that were all-conference selections. In addition, his offense had the following NAIA rankings:
#14 Ranked passing offense (267 ypg)
#4 Ranked QB in yards passing per game (263)
#11 Ranked QB in yards passing in season (2631)
Prior to Bethany, Scheufler served as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at Wichita South High School where in 2007 he coordinated the top passing offense in the Greater Wichita Athletic League. There he also coached the top passing quarterback and the top receiver in the GWAL. Also at Wichita South, Scheufler, in two seasons, had 11 offensive players garner season honors plus 18 athletes sign scholarships to play college ball.
Scheufler served as an assistant coach one season at Sterling High School where he was passing game coordinator, quarterbacks and defensive backs coach. There he also was head coach of a junior varsity squad that finished 6-1, averaging 35 points per game. At Sterling, Scheufler coached nine athletes who garnered all-league honors.
From 2004 to 2006, Scheufler assisted the Swedes with the defensive backs and recruiting efforts.
As a student-athlete at Bethany, Scheufler was a member of the 2001 KCAC championship team. That year the Swedes ranked first in both the KCAC and the NAIA in passing yards. In 2000 and 2002, Scheufler was a member of Swede squads that finished second in conference. In his three years on the Bethany football team, the Swedes went 26-11.
Scheufler holds the record at Ellinwood High School, Kan., for career receptions (89). He also was a two-time all-league selection and earned all-state honors his senior year.
Scheufler is married to wife, Amanda.
Jamie Cruce - Head Coach - 4th Season
Jamie Cruce took over as head football coach for the Swedes following the 2006 season.
During his first year at the helm, Cruce and the Swedes tripled their win total from the previous season as they had their best record since the 2002 season. A fourth-place finish was in sharp contrast to the preseason polls, which had Bethany picked to finish last in the KCAC.
Cruce is a 1998 graduate of Bethany College. He holds a master's in physical education from Northern State University (NSU). Cruce graduated from Salina South High School in 1994 and played linebacker at Hutchinson Community College before transferring to Bethany. He was a linebacker on the 1995 and 1996 KCAC championship teams, captained the 1997 team and earned All-KCAC honors. Cruce's three year playing record while at Bethany was 25-5 including a 22-2 conference record.
Prior to his current appointment, Cruce served as Bethany's Defensive Coordinator for six seasons. During that time, Cruce led 30 defensive players to All-Conference honors. In addition to his football duties, Cruce served as the school's Intramural Director.
Before returning to Bethany College in 2001, Cruce spent one season at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD as Linebackers Coach. He served as Linebackers coach and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Anderson University in Anderson, IN prior to his appointment at NSU.
Cruce is married to Amy (Jacobs) Cruce of Cheyenne Wells, Colo. Cruce has three children, Dillon, Ava and Austin.
2006 #4 Nationally Ranked Pass Defense (99.5 ypg)
2005 #2 Nationally Ranked Pass Defense (125.6 ypg)
One 1st Team All Conference Defensive Player
2004 #5 Nationally Ranked Pass Defense (131.1 ypg )
#1 Scoring Defense in Conference
Allowed 4 Passing Touchdowns
Conference Defensive Player of the Year
3rd Team All American Defensive Player
Two 1st Team All Conference Defensive Players
2003 One 1st Team All Conference Defensive Player
2002 One 1st Team All Conference Defensive Player
2001 Conference Champions
Top 20 National Ranking in Total Defense and Pass Defense
#1 Scoring Defense in Conference
Three 1st Team All Conference Defensive Players
2007-Present Bethany College, Head Football Coach
2001-2006 Bethany College, Defensive Coordinator
2000 Northern State University, Graduate Assistant Linebacker Coach
1999 Anderson University, Linebacker Coach / Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
1998 Bethany College, Student Assistant
Nick Taylor - Assistant Coach - 4th Season
Coach Taylor came to Bethany following the 2006 season. Defensively in 2007, the Swedes showed improved play throughout the year finishing the season ranked 23rd in the NAIA in Total Defense and finishing third in the NAIA in Pass Defense per game. Along with his coaching duties Coach Taylor serves as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Swedes and is also the Intramural Director.
Before arriving at Bethany, Coach Taylor was the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Eureka College. In addition to his Offensive Coordinator duties, he coached the Kickers, Punters and Returners. His other responsibilities included being the team's Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, being an Instructor of Physical Education and being the Intramural Director.
Prior to Eureka, Taylor was an assistant football coach at Morningside College for four seasons. While at Morningside, Coach Taylor served as the Defensive Line Coach, Defensive Backs Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and as the Special Teams Coordinator.
Coach Taylor began his coaching career at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Alabama for one season where he was the Offensive Line Coach and Junior Varsity Head Coach. He has worked at several football camps throughout his career.
Taylor played football at the NCAA DIV 3, NJCAA and NAIA levels. He finished his playing career and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in physical education from Sterling College. He also holds a Master's Degree in sport science with an emphasis in sport coaching from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.
He is an active member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He is also the Bethany College Huddle Coach for The Fellowship Christian Athletes (FCA) and is continuing to assist in the running of the Special Teams Ministries here at Bethany College. Coach Taylor and his wife Trace reside here in Lindsborg.
Anthony Martinez - Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Martinez starts his second season as an assistant coach for the Swedes this year. This past May, he graduated with a bachelor degree in management and marketing from Bethany College.
Martinez was a defensive end for the Swedes for two seasons, earning all-kcac honors both years. He also served as a team captain his senior season.
Originally from Santa Ana, Calif., Martinez attended El Modena High School. He attended Santa Ana College for two years prior to transferring to Bethany.
Brett Bailey - Assistant Coach - 1st Season
This is Bailey's first year as an assistant coach for the Swedes.
Previously Bailey helped coach football three season of high school and junior high school football at Plainville, Kan., as well as two seasons coaching basketball there.
Bailey holds a degree in general studies from Fort Hays State University. He played football at Bethany College from 2001-2004, earning NAIA all-American honors. Currently Bailey is working toward a MBA degree.
Frenchie Buckner - Assistant Coach - 1st Season
This will be Buckner's first season coaching for the Swedes. He has six years coaching experience, having assisted at Sacred Heart High School in Salina.
Buckner graduated with a degree in communication studies from Bethany College. He played two seasons with the Swedes, earning NAIA all-American honors.
Currently Buckner works in Salina as a youth service worker for St. Francis Community Services.
Eric Clayton - Assistant Coach - 3rd Season
This will be Clayton's third season coaching for the Swedes. He has 13 years coaching experience, having assisted at Southeast of Saline High School one season and nearly 10 seasons at Central High School.
Clayton attended Kansas State University where he was a lineman on both sides of the ball on the football team from 1990-1994.
Currently Clayton is a firefighter for the City of Salina.
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Saturday, May 18
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