Jim Harbaugh

Head Coach, University of Michigan Football

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About Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh is in his fourth season as the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach at the University of Michigan. Named the 20th coach in school history on Dec. 30, 2014, Harbaugh is the sixth former Michigan football player to be selected as the leader of college football’s winningest program.

Harbaugh has compiled a 28-11 record during his first three seasons at U-M. He became just the second head coach in school history – and the fourth coach in Big Ten history – to post back-to-back 10-win seasons in his first two years with the program.

Harbaugh came to Ann Arbor after an impressive 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 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.

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 record and 21-15 mark in Pac-10 play.

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 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 was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears.

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. He won the Chicago Tribune Big Ten MVP award, earned first-team All-America honors and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior in 1986.

Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Addison and Katherine, and two sons, Jack and John. 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 University of Georgia men’s basketball coach Tom Crean.

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