Jamie Bisch enters his third season at Bemidji State as the defensive coordinator in 2020. He spent the two years prior to coming to Bemidji State as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Midland University in Nebraska.
Through his career, Bisch has coached eight student-athletes currently on National Football League or Canadian Football League rosters including Gunner Olszewski (New England Patriots), Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings), Jordan Ta'amu (Kansas City Chiefs), Dondre Wright (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), Blair Smith (Edmonton Eskimos), Charbel Dabire (Saskatchewan Roughriders), Julien Laurent (Ottawa Redblacks), and Shamar Busby (Saskatchewan Roughriders).
During his second season as defensive coordinator, Bisch led the Gang Green defense that helped the Beavers reach an 8-3 record during the 2019 campaign. BSU's secondary was one of the premier units in the nation, ranking among the top 10 in interceptions and pass defense efficiency. The secondary was led by Michael Junker who nabbed 8 of the 17 interceptions recorded by the defense this season. Junker's eight interceptions put him fourth in the country and helped him earn five selections to All-American teams. The Gang Green defense averaged 20.8 points per game and boasted a 28.7 percent third-down conversion rates, which ranked 13th best in the nation. The red zone defense for the Beavers ranked fourth-best in the country at 60.7 percent. The Gang Green defense saw defensive end Alex Hoffman, defensive back Michael Junker, and linebacker Gabe Ames named to the All-NSIC team. Defensive back Gunnar Feldhege, linebacker Yaquub Mohamed were named to the All-NSIC second team along with defensive tackle Josh Wleh to the All-NSIC Honorable Mention team.
In his first season with the Beavers, Bisch coached the Gang Green defense to a 7-4 record. The defense totaled 884 tackles (436 solo and 448 assisted) with 73 TFL for 318 yards. The Beavers totaled 21 sacks and 21 interceptions against their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competitors, along with causing 11 fumbles and recovering 7. The 2018 season saw many awards and nominations for the Beavers' defense, including senior defensive back, Gunner Olszewski's record-breaking four All-American selections, Defensive Player of the Year, and multiple All-Super Region team nods. The Gang Green Defense also recorded three defensive player of the week awards (Gabe Ames, Mike Junker, and John Vogler). The 2018 team also received votes in the American Football Coaches Association top 25 poll.
At Midland, Bisch helped guide the Warriors to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2011. Also during his time at Midland, the team produced 15 All-GPAC selections and two NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In 2016, Bisch's defense finished among the top ten nationally in takeaways with 31, recorded 27.5 sacks (top 25 nationally), and was one of the top teams in the country in both third and fourth down defense.
Prior to coaching at Midland, Bisch spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator/defensive backs and linebackers coach at the New Mexico Military Institute that won the 2013 El Toro Bowl, the first bowl victory for NMMI since 1999, and helped lead the Colts to three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1969. Bisch began his coaching career as a graduate assistant followed by running backs coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato from 2010-2012.
Bisch graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2008 with a degree in health and human performance studies and was a defensive back for the Falcons, being named All-WIAC in 2007 and 2008. During his career at UW-River Falls, Bisch served as a seasonal intern for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007 and 2008. He later graduated from Minnesota State in 2011 with a master’s in physical education in sport management.
Bisch is originally from Madison Lake, Minn., and currently lives in Bemidji with his wife, Tarrah (Sweet), and two sons, Ezra and Simeon.