|Position:||Graduate Assistant - Defense|
|Alma Mater:||Nevada, 2010|
Mike Bethea begins his third year on the Cougars coaching staff as a defensive graduate assistant after joining the program in January, 2013. Bethea works primarily with the linebackers and assists with the scout teams.
A former starter in the linebacking corps for the University of Nevada, Bethea served as a defensive graduate assistant for the Wolf Pack during the 2011-12 seasons.
As a player, Bethea went to Nevada in 2008 as a transfer from Palomar College in Southern California, where he was a second-team Junior College Grid-Wire All-American. As a junior in 2008 at Nevada, Bethea played in eight games in an injury-shortened season, recording 28 tackles with 4.5 for a loss. In 2009, Bethea was second on the team in tackles with 64, including 5.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks with one interception and a fumble recovery.
The Carlsbad, Calif., native earned his bachelor’s degree from Nevada in 2010. Bethea and his wife, Alyssa, have two sons, Mason and Weston.