HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH
Jim Harbaugh was named the 20th coach in University of Michigan football history on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. He is the sixth former Michigan football player to be named the leader of college football's winningest program.
Harbaugh is one of four Big Ten coaches to win 10-plus games in each of his first two seasons directing a conference school. Harbaugh joined Fielding Yost (1901-02) as the only head coaches to collect back-to-back 10-win seasons in their first two seasons at U-M. In addition to Harbaugh and Yost, Ohio State's Urban Meyer (2012-13) and Wisconsin's Paul Chryst (2015-16) also accomplished the feat.
Harbaugh is the second-fastest coach to 20 wins at Michigan, trailing only Yost; Harbaugh accomplished the feat in 24 games and Yost won the first 29 games of his U-M career before tying Minnesota (6-6) in 1903.
In his first two seasons as the Michigan head coach, Harbaugh guided the Wolverines to 10-win seasons. U-M has appeared in a bowl game in all three seasons with Harbaugh at the helm of the program, including a New Year's Six Bowl with the 2017 Orange Bowl, and two other bowls played on New Year's Day (2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl; 2018 Outback Bowl).
Six Wolverines have secured nine All-American honors under Harbaugh: Devin Bush (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) and Chris Wormley (second team, 2016). Four of those have been 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, Paul Hornung Award and was a fifth-place finisher in the Heisman Trophy race that same season. Several other athletes have been national award finalists under Harbaugh, including Lewis (Jim Thorpe Award) and Bush (Butkus Award).
A total of 21 athletes have earned All-Big Ten recognition in each of Harbaugh's three seasons, including 13 first-team honorees (four in 2015, six in 2016, three in 2017). Ten of 11 defensive starters have earned the honor in consecutive seasons (2016-17). Those accolades have extended to the classroom as well, with Wolverines accruing 90 Academic All-Big Ten honors during his tenure, including a program-record 48 in 2017.
In his first year as the Michigan head coach, Harbaugh guided the Wolverines to a 10-3 record, including a 41-7 win over No. 19 Florida in the 2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. The Wolverines posted a 10-win season for the 27th time in the 136-year history of the program and finished in the top 12 of the national polls for the first time since 2011, finishing 11th in the Amway Coaches poll and 12th in the Associated Press media poll.
In 2016, the Wolverines took another step forward, coming within inches of claiming their first Big Ten East Division title and a spot in the conference championship game. U-M finished 10-3 and listed 10th in both polls at year's end.
Harbaugh came to Ann Arbor after an impressive four-year run in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers. He led the franchise to the NFC Championship Game in each of his first three seasons, winning the George Halas Trophy as NFC champions in 2012. Harbaugh tallied a 49-22-1 overall record that included a 5-3 mark in the postseason as 49ers head coach.
Harbaugh led the Niners to a 13-3 regular-season record and to the NFC Championship Game during his first season in 2011, earning the AP NFL Coach of the Year award. He followed up with an 11-4-1 regular-season mark in 2012, culminating with an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII. Harbaugh's 49ers lost a back-and-forth affair, 34-31, to the Baltimore Ravens and his brother, John, in the only matchup of brothers as head coaches in NFL history. He helped guide San Francisco back to the NFC title game after a 12-4 regular-season record in 2013 and posted an 8-8 mark during the 2014 season.
Prior to making the jump to the 49ers, Harbaugh established himself as a leader of young men at the college level. He turned around a Stanford program that went 1-11 prior to his arrival. The Cardinal improved each of his four seasons, culminating with a 12-1 campaign and FedEx Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in 2010. Harbaugh finished his tenure at Stanford with a 29-21 overall record (.580) and 21-15 mark in Pac-10 Conference play.
After 4-8 and 5-7 records his first two seasons at the helm, Harbaugh led the Cardinal to an 8-5 record and a tie for second place in the Pac-10. The appearance in the Sun Bowl following the season was Stanford's first bowl game since the 2001 season. The program continued its ascension in 2010, posting a 12-1 overall record and 8-1 mark in the Pac-10. Stanford was selected for a BCS bowl game and proceeded to defeat Virginia Tech, 40-12, in the FedEx Orange Bowl in Harbaugh's final game with the program. The Cardinal finished the 2010 season ranked fifth in the national polls, and Harbaugh was named the Woody Hayes Award as the nation's top coach by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. He accepted the 49ers head coaching position on Jan. 7, 2011.
In his first head coaching experience, Harbaugh led the University of San Diego to a 29-6 record during his three seasons directing the program (2004-06). In his first year, the Toreros posted a 7-4 record after winning their final five games of the season. The team proceeded to post 11-1 marks during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, claiming the Pioneer Football League championship each season.
Harbaugh spent the 2002 and 2003 NFL seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Oakland Raiders. He worked with the quarterbacks, helping quarterback Rich Gannon lead the organization to Super Bowl XXXVII after posting an 11-5 regular-season record and the AFC Western Division title. Gannon won the 2002 AP NFL MVP award and was selected to the 2003 Pro Bowl.
He began preparing for a career as a coach during his professional playing days. Harbaugh spent eight years as an NCAA-certified unpaid assistant coach for his father, Jack, at Western Kentucky (1994-2001). He worked as an offensive consultant and recruited for the Hilltoppers during that time. Harbaugh's effort helped his father's team capture the 2002 Division I-AA national championship.
Harbaugh played for five different organizations during his 15-year NFL career (1987-2001). He completed 2,305-of-3,918 passes for 26,288 yards and 129 touchdowns in 177 games. Harbaugh made 140 career starts. He was named 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. He was inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2005.
As a collegiate player, Harbaugh was one of the most efficient passers in NCAA history. In 1985, he led the nation in pass efficiency and finished as the runner-up in 1986. His career pass efficiency rating was the NCAA's top mark for more than 12 years. Harbaugh won the Chicago Tribune Big Ten Most Valuable Player award, earned first team All-America honors and finished third in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy following the 1986 season.
He completed 387-of-620 passes for 5,449 yards and 31 touchdowns during his career, with all four statistical categories still listing among the top 12 in school history. He also added 12 rushing touchdowns during his career, including eight scores as a senior. Harbaugh became the first Michigan quarterback to ever throw for more than 300 yards in a single game (310 vs. Wisconsin) and eclipsed the 200-yard passing mark 12 times. 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 rivals Michigan State and Ohio State.
Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Addison and Katherine, and a son, Jack. He also has three children, Jay, James Jr., and Grace.
He is the son of Jack and Jackie Harbaugh. Jack was an assistant coach at Michigan from 1973-79. Harbaugh's brother, John, is head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and his sister, Joani, is married to Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean.