Bethany College head football coach Jamie Cruce has announced his resignation, according to a press release.
Bethany College head football coach Jamie Cruce has announced his resignation, according to a press release. “We thank Coach Cruce for over 10 years of service to Bethany College,” Scott McClure, interim Bethany Athletic Director, said. “We wish him well as he begins the next chapter of his career.” Current Defensive Coordinator Nick Taylor will serve as interim head coach. The search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately. “We strive for a seamless transition for our current and incoming student-athletes as we find Coach Cruce’s successor,” McClure said. Cruce, a 1998 alumnus, returned to Bethany in 2001 as defensive coordinator. He became head coach in 2007. He has previously served as the linebackers coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., where he also earned his master’s degree in physical education. Cruce also served a stint as the linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. Cruce’s Swedes went 4-7 overall in 2012 and 2-7 in the KCAC. Over his six seasons at the helm of the Bethany football program, he was 26-34, with his most successful season coming in 2011, where the Swedes went 8-3 (6-3 KCAC). The Sentinel was unable to contact Cruce for comment before press time. In the past 34 years, Swedes football has finished 21 seasons ranked in the top 25 NAIA or NAIA-II teams, along with winning 16 conference championships.