Jay Bateman begins his second season as the defensive coordinator of the Army football program.
In his first season at Army West Point, Bateman guided a defense that intercepted 11 passes and recovered four fumbles.
Among the players tutored by Bateman were linebacker Jeremy Timpf, who made a team-high 117 tackles in his first season as a starter and was named to three different postseason all-star teams. Timpf also led the team with 79 solo tackles and 14.5 tackles for losses of 35 yards. He ranked seventh nationally in solo tackles per game at 6.6 and 23rd in total tackles per contest with 9.8.
In addition, defensive back Josh Jenkins intercepted a team-best four passes and was second on the team with 64 tackles and was also honored on a trio of all-star teams.
Bateman also guided first-year starter Andre w King to a 63-tackle season.
Army registered 55 tackles for losses of 179 yards, collected 10 quarterback sacks and broke up 33 passes in Bateman’s first season calling the defense.
Bateman joined the Army coaching staff following three successful seasons as the defensive coordinator at Ball State University.
A 19-year coaching veteran, Bateman helped Ball State rank ninth nationally in turnovers gained with 31 and 12th in turnover margin at +0.9. In the Mid-American Conference, the team was third in scoring defense.
In the past three seasons, Bateman mentored first-team All-MAC selection Jonathan Newsome as well as three second-team choices and helped two others earn third-team accolades.
Newsome was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts with the 166th overall pick. He responded by leading all rookie defensive ends/outside linebackers with 6.5 quarterback sacks.
Bateman began his coaching career at Hampden-Sydney College in 1997 before moving to Siena College in 1999. After one season as an assistant, Bateman was elevated to head coach in 2000 and spent four seasons running the Saints' program.
In 2004, Bateman moved to Richmond University, for a one-year stint before transitioning to Lehigh University in 2005 where Pete Lembo was the head coach. At Lehigh, Bateman helped tutor a defense that ranked sixth in the country.
Bateman then advanced to Elon University in 2006 and served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He guided linebacker Chad Nkang to All-America status as well as Southern Conference Player of the Year honors. Nkang was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Elon won 35 games during Bateman's five seasons and collected at least one all-conference linebacker honor each season. Elon's defense ranked fourth nationally and led the Southern Conference in 2009 with just 248.33 yards allowed per contest.
Following his success at Elon, Bateman transitioned to the defensive coordinator role at Ball State. After a 6-6 season in 2011, Ball State won nine games in 2012 and 10 the next season while competing in the Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl and the GoDaddy Bowl, respectively.
Bateman is a 1995 graduate of Randolph-Macon College. He and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, Bea and a son, C.J., and reside at West Point.