Joe Bettasso

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Joe Bettasso
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Interim head coach
Team Missouri Southern
Conference The MIAA
Record 0–0
Playing career
2001–2004 Missouri Southern
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2006 Missouri Southern (GA)
2007–2009 McPherson (DC/LB/DB/RC)
2010–2011 McPherson
2012 Quincy (IL) (DB)
2013–2014 Quincy (IL) (DC)
2015–2018 McKendree (DC/LB)
2018–present Missouri Southern (DC)
2018–present Missouri Southern (interim HC)
Head coaching record
Overall 14–8
Tournaments 0–1 (NAIA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 KCAC (2010)
KCAC Coach of the Year (2010)

Joe Bettasso is an American football coach. He is currently the interim head coach for the Missouri Southern Lions, after being hired on as the defensive coordinator in June 2018. Bettasso was formerly the defensive coorinator at McKendree University and, prior to that, Quincy University. Bettasso was the head football coach at McPherson College from 2010 to 2011, compiling a record of 14–8.

Coaching career[edit]

Bettasso was the 27th head football coach at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas and he held that position for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.[1] His coaching record at McPherson was 14–8.[2]

Following a 10–0 regular season in 2010, Bettasso's McPherson Bulldogs won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) title and was seeded sixth in the 2010 NAIA Football National Championship.[3] They suffered their first and only loss in the first round, losing to the 12th-ranked McKendree Bearcats.[4] Bettasso was named conference coach of the year in 2010.[5]

After completion of the 2011 season, he resigned to become the defensive backs coach at NCAA Division II Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NAIA Coaches' Poll#
McPherson Bulldogs (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2010–2011)
2010 McPherson 10–1 9–0 1st L NAIA First Round 11
2011 McPherson 4–7 4–5 7th
McPherson: 14–8 13–5
Missouri Southern Lions (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (2018–present)
2018 Missouri Southern (interim) 0–0 0–0
Missouri Southern: 0–0 0–0
Total: 14–8
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ Welch, Anvil (April 7, 2010). "Joe Bettasso promoted to head coach at McPherson". Joplin Globe. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  2. ^ "McPherson College Football Media Guide 2010" (PDF). McPherson College Athletics. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  3. ^ "2010 Football Championship Series Qualifiers and Pairings Announced". National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. November 14, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "McPherson, Ottawa fall short in NAIA football playoffs". Topeka Capital-Journal. November 21, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "McPherson Leads KCAC Postseason Honors". November 16, 2010. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Bettasso Resigns as Head Football Coach". McPherson College. January 24, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012.

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