Jamie Cruce - Head Coach - 5th Season
Jamie Cruce became head football coach of the Swedes for the 2007 season. During that year, Cruce and the Swedes tripled their win total from the previous season and had their best record since 2002. Before serving as head coach, Cruce was Bethany's defensive coordinator for six seasons in which he led 30 defensive players to All-Conference honors.
Before returning to Bethany College in 2001, Cruce had served as the linebackers coach at Northern State Univeresity in Aberdeen, S.D., and as the linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. Cruce also holds a master's degree in physical education from NSU.
Cruce is a 1998 graduate of Bethany College. He was a linebacker on Bethany's 1995 and 1996 KCAC championship teams, captained the team in 1997, and earned All-KCAC honors. His three-year playing record at Bethany was 22-5, including a 22-2 conference record. Cruce also played linebacker at Hutchinson Community College before he transferred to Bethany.
Cruce and his wife, Amy, have three children, Dillon, Ava and Austin.
Head Coach (4 seasons):
Top 25 in total defense and scoring defense - 2007
#1 player in rushing yards per game (143.2) - 2010
#1 player in total rushing (1,432) - 2010
#1 player in all-purpose yards per game (205.3) - 2010 #2 receiver in yards per game (117.2) - 2010
#3 player in scoring per game (10.8) - 2010
#4 player in rushing yards per game (133.8) - 2008
#8 quarterback in passing yards per game (263.1) - 2009
#11 total offense per game (442.6) - 2010
#13 pass offense per game (267.3) - 2009
#14 pass offense per game (267.3) - 2010
#15 quarterback in passing yards per game (231.6) - 2010
Defensive Coordinator (6 Seasons):
All-American defensive player - 2004
Conference Champions - 2001
Conference Defensive Player of the Year - 2004
Limited Opponents to four passing touchdowns - 2004
Top 20 in total defense and pass defense - 2001
8 First Team All-Conference defensive players
#1 Scoring Defense in Conference - 2001 & 2004
#2 Nationally Ranked Pass Defense (125.6) - 2005
#4 Nationally Ranked Pass Defense (99.5) - 2006
#5 Nationally Ranked Pass Defense (131.1) - 2004
Head Football Coach, Bethany College - 2007 to Present
Defensive Coordinator, Bethany College - 2001 to 2006 Graduate Assistant Linebacker Coach, Northern State University - 2000
Linebacker Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coordinator, Anderson University - 1999
Student Assistant Coach, Bethany College - 1998
Nick Taylor - Defensive Coordinator - 5th Season
Coach Nick Taylor came to Bethany following the 2006 season. During the next season, the Swedes ranked No. 3 in the NAIA in pass defense per game and No. 23 in total defense.
Before coaching at Bethany, Taylor served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Eureka College in Eureke, Ill.; assistant football coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa; and offensive line coach and junior varsity head coach at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Ala. Taylor has had experience coaching kickers, punters, returners, defensive line, defensive backs, and special teams.
Taylor holds a bachelor's degree from Sterling College in business administration with a minor in physical education and a master's degree from United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., in sports science with an emphasis in sport coaching.
Taylor has played football at the NCAA Division III, NJCAA, and NAIA levels.
Taylor has worked at many football camps and is currently a certified Offensive Line Coach for the National Football Academies and is an active member of the American Football Coaches Association. At Bethany, Taylor is huddle coach for The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and assists with special teams ministries at Bethany College.
Taylor and his wife, Trace, reside in Lindsborg with their daughter, Maggie. Trace Taylor is the director of residential education and services at Bethany College.
Jeremy Scheufler - Offensive Coordinator - 3rd Season
Coach Jeremy Scheufler joined the Swede football team as offensive coordinator in 2009. Scheufler previously assisted the Swedes with defensive backs and recruiting efforts from 2004 to 2006.
Prior to Bethany, Scheufler served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Wichita South High School, where he had 11 offensive players earn season honors and 18 players accept scholarships to play football in college. In addition, Scheufler coordinated the top passing offense in 2007 at the Greater Wichita Athletic League and coached the top passing quarterback and the top receiver in the GWAL. Scheufler also served at Sterling High School as an assistant coach, passing game coordinator, and quarterback and defensive back coach, where 9 players earned all-league honors. He served as head coach for the junior varsity team, which finished 6-1 and averaged 35 points per game.
Scheufler holds a bachelor's degree in secondary social science education from Bethany College and a master's degree in educational leadership from Mid America Nazarene University. While Scheufler was a student-athlete on Bethany's football team, the Swedes went 26-11, placed second in conference in 2000 and 2002, and won the KCAC championship in 2001. The team also ranked first in passing yards in the KCAC and NAIA in 2001.
Scheufler attended Ellinwood High School were he holds the record for career receptions (89). He was a two-time all-league selection and earned all-state honors his senior year.
Scheufler is married to wife, Amanda, and they have one daughter, Harper.Coaching Accomplishments
4 post-season All-Conference selected players - 2009
7 post-season All-Conference selected players - 2010
#8 quarterback in yards passing per game (263) - 2009
#11 total offense (442) - 2010
#13 passing offense per game (267) - 2009
#14 quarterback in yards passing in season (2631) - 2009
#14 passing yards per game (268) - 2010
#19 scoring offense (33.9) - 2010
Kevie Thompson - Defensive Backs - 1st Season
Thompson is in his first season with the Swedes. He joins the Bethany staff after most recently coaching defensive backs for Raleigh High School in Mississippi.
Thompson spent two years at Jones County Junior College in Mississippi where he earned his associate's degree and was a two-year most valuable defensive back award winner. He then went on to earn his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was a member of the football team.
Aaron Glendening - Linebackers - 1st Season
Glendening returns to Bethany College to coach the linebackers as he previously did during the 2006 season.
After playing offensive line for the Swedes in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, he graduated with a degree in elementary education. Glendening has experience coaching on both sides of the ball as he has coached receivers, offensive line, defensive line and linebackers. He was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Wichita South High School and Halstead High School.
Glendening serves the Kansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes as area representative for South-Central Kansas. He currently teaches math at Burrton Middle School and is the head golf coach.
Glendening and his wife, Shannoon, reside in McPherson with their two daughters, Jory and Emma.
Anthony Martinez - Defensive Line - 3rd Season
Martinez starts his third season as an assistant coach for the Swedes this year. 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.
Frenchie Buckner - Wide Receivers - 2nd Season
This will be Buckner's second season coaching for the Swedes. He has six years previous 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.
Paul Mogenson - Operations - 18th Season
Mogenson began covering Swedes sports as the sports editor for the Lindsborg News-Record in 1968 with a weekly column. His columns were accorded the highest honors by the Kansas Press Association. In 1993, Mogenson was invited by then coach Ted Kessinger to join his staff in an administrative position.
His current role is that of director of football operations focusing on travel, team meals and equipment needs.
Wes Balun - Equipment Manager - 1st Season
Balun attended Bethany College in the fall of 1994 as a music education major. During his time as a Swede, Balun was a member of the Blue Dozen Pep band and Bethany College Symphonic Concert Band. In 2010, Balun was the "Voice of the Swedes", announcing all the home football games.
He is a 2000 graduate of McPherson College with a bachelor of science degree in philosophy and religion. At McPherson, Balun served as an equipment manager with the football team for four years.
Balun currently lives in Ellinwood where he writes sports for the Ellinwood Leader and is an active supporter of Ellinwood High School athletics, keeping stats for football, basketball and softball and helping with football equipment.
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