MICHIGAN COACHING STAFF
Jim Harbaugh has led the University of Michigan
football program to three 10-win seasons in his
first four years in Ann Arbor, becoming one of just
four Big Ten coaches to accomplish the feat in the
history of the conference.
The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football
Coach, Harbaugh was named the 20th coach in
Michigan football history on Dec. 30, 2014. He
became the sixth Michigan football player selected
to lead college football’s winningest program.
In his first two seasons, Harbaugh guided the Wolverines to 10-win seasons.
They have appeared in a bowl game all three seasons, including a New Year’s
Six Bowl with the 2017 Orange Bowl, and the 2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
and 2018 Outback Bowl.
Seven Wolverines have secured 11 All-America honors under Harbaugh:
Devin Bush (first team, 2018; third team, 2017), Jake Butt (first team, 2015-
16), Maurice Hurst (first team, 2017), Jourdan Lewis (first team, 2015-16),
Jabrill Peppers (second team, 2015; first team, 2016), Chase Winovich
(second team, 2018) and Chris Wormley (second team, 2016). Four of them
were consensus All-Americans: Butt, Hurst, Lewis and Peppers.
Additionally, Butt won the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end in
2016, while Peppers received the Lott IMPACT Trophy and Paul Hornung
Award and was a fifth-place finisher in the Heisman Trophy race. Several
other athletes have been national award finalists under Harbaugh, including
Lewis (Jim Thorpe Award, 2016) and Bush (Butkus Award, 2017-18; Nagurski
A total of 21 student-athletes have earned All-Big Ten first team recognition
in Harbaugh’s four seasons (four in 2015, six in 2016, three in 2017, eight
in 2018). Those accolades have extended to the classroom as well, with
Wolverines accruing 135 Academic All-Big Ten honors during his tenure,
including a program- record 48 in 2017.
Harbaugh came to Ann Arbor after a four-year run in the NFL with the San
Francisco 49ers. He led the franchise to the NFC Championship Game in each
of his first three seasons, winning the NFC title in 2012. Harbaugh tallied a
49-22-1 overall record, including 5-3 in the postseason.
At the collegiate level, Harbaugh spent three years at the University of San
Diego (2004-06) and four years at Stanford (2007-10). He turned around a
Cardinal program that went 1-11 prior to his arrival, culminating with a 12-1
campaign and FedEx Orange Bowl victory in 2010. In his debut as a head
coach, Harbaugh led San Diego to a 29-6 record in three seasons.
As an NFL quarterback, Harbaugh played for five organizations in his 15-year
career (1987- 2001). He threw for 26,288 yards and 129 touchdowns in 177
games and made 140 career starts. He was the AFC Offensive Player of the
Year, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection after
leading the Indianapolis Colts to the AFC Championship Game in 1995. In
2005, he was inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor.
As a Wolverine player, Harbaugh was one of the most efficient passers
in NCAA history. In 1985, he led the nation in pass efficiency and finished
runner-up the following year. His career pass efficiency rating was the
NCAA’s top mark for more than 12 years. In 1986, Harbaugh won the Chicago
Tribune Big Ten Most Valuable Player award, was a first- team All-American
and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting.
He led the Wolverines to a 21-3-1 record as a full-time starter during his final
two seasons, including a pair of victories against Michigan State and Ohio
State. During his college career, he completed 387-of-620 passes for 5,449
yards and 31 touchdowns; all four statistical categories still list among the
top 12 in school history.
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