Jamar Cain joins the Cowboy coaching staff in 2013 as the defensive line coach. Cain coached the defensive line the previous four seasons (2009-12) at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The Mustangs enjoyed an outstanding season in 2012, ending the year as tri-champions of the Big Sky Conference, sharing the title with Eastern Washington and Montana State. Cal Poly was ranked No. 11 in the final Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll, and was ranked No. 12 in The Sports Network final FCS rankings of 2012. The Mustangs advanced to the FCS Playoffs, losing, 16-18, at eventual National Runner-up Sam Houston State in the first round. Cal Poly posted a 9-3 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark in 2012.
Cain coached junior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz, who earned Second Team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2012. Another one of Cain's defensive linemen in 2012, junior defensive end Grant Goebel, earned Big Sky Academic All-Conference honors in the fall of `12.
Prior to his stint at Cal Poly, Cain coached the defensive ends at Missouri State for three seasons (2006-08). In 2005, he was a defensive graduate assistant at Ohio University, working with the defensive ends under former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich.
Cain coached one season at the junior-college level in 2004 as an assistant coach at Sacramento City College. His first coaching position was as a high school coach at John F. Kennedy High School, also in Sacramento, for the 2003 season.
During his coaching career, he has worked with three NFL teams through the NFL's minority internship program. He interned with the Arizona Cardinals in the summer of 2008, with the Kansas City Chiefs in the summer of 2009 and with the Oakland Raiders in the summer of 2010.
Cain is a native of Sacramento, where he played at Valley High School. He went on to play his first two years of college football at Sacramento City College as a defensive lineman. Cain earned First Team Community College All-California state honors his sophomore year. He then transferred to New Mexico State, where he earned Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors as a senior defensive lineman.
"Jamar Cain is an outstanding young coach," said Christensen. "I was very impressed with how his defensive line played when we faced Cal Poly last season. He is a phenomenal technician.
"He is a great family guy, and has a wonderful young family. I think he will be a great fit in the community, and I believe he will develop great relationships with our players."
Born June 13, 1979, he and his wife, DeCarla, have a son, Cosby, and a daughter, Cali. Cain will recruit Northern California and Missouri.