Jim Bickel enters his third year as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator for Ohio Dominican. Bickel previously served as head football coach at Capital University in nearby Bexley.
ODU’s defense helped lead the Panthers improve to 7-4 in just their second season of Division II play. ODU held Tiffin to minus-17 yards rushing, the best defensive effort by any GLIAC team in 2011. In the regular season finale, the Panthers forced three Indianapolis turnovers, the same amount the Greyhounds committed the entire season entering the game. Four Panther defenders garnered All-GLIAC honors, including Eisen Hardy, who was the GLIAC leader in passes defensed, and Justin Bell, who forced four fumbles, returning two for touchdowns, and had four picks.
In 2010, Bickel oversaw a unit that produced three honorable mention All-GLIAC selections in Manju Jabbie, Jason McCurdy and Vincent Vasquez. McCurdy ranked among the conference leaders in interceptions with four, while Vasquez paced the GLIAC with 12.5 tackles per contest.
Bickel spent nine seasons at Capital, including two (2008-09) as head coach, when he left with the best winning percentage in school history (.600). Prior to being named Capital's ninth head coach in 2008, he was the associate head coach/defensive coordinator for the Crusaders. During his tenure at Capital, Bickel's stamp on the program was an aggressive defense that produced a national defensive player of the year; seven All-Americans; a school record 50 quarterback sacks (2007); and a school-record 27 interceptions (2002). He also mentored two OAC Linebacker of the Year honorees (2003, 2008); two OAC Defensive Back of the Year winners (2005, 2007); and an OAC Offensive Lineman of the Year (2009). While with Capital, Bickel was twice named the Ohio Athletic Conference Assistant Coach of the Year after helping lead the team to three straight playoff appearances from 2005-07.
Bickel has been part of college football in Central Ohio since 1977, when he became an assistant coach at his alma mater, Denison University. In 21 seasons with Denison, Bickel coached both offensive and defensive lines for a combined nine seasons and was defensive coordinator for 12 seasons. While defensive coordinator, he helped lead Denison to two North Coast Athletic Conference Championships (1985-86) and one NCAA Division III playoff appearance (1985). He also served as an assistant professor of physical education and an assistant baseball coach.
Prior to joining Capital's football coaching staff, Bickel served as defensive coordinator for Otterbein College. He holds a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications and Economics from Denison and a master's degree in Physical Education from The Ohio State University.