Jim Harbaugh’s Coaching Hires

Jim Harbaugh’s Coaching Hires


January 22, 2020
Mike Zordich (image via Twitter)

Jim Harbaugh was hired at Michigan prior to the 2015 season. Here’s a look at how his coaching staff has filled out and progressed over the years.

Hit the jump for more.

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

  • Dan Enos (2019)*#
  • Josh Gattis (2019-2020)*

QUARTERBACKS

  • Jim Harbaugh (2015-2017)
  • Pep Hamilton (2018)
  • Dan Enos (2019)#
  • Ben McDaniels (2019-2020)

RUNNING BACKS

  • Tyrone Wheatley (2015-2016)
  • Jay Harbaugh (2017-2020)

WIDE RECEIVERS

  • Jedd Fisch (2015-2016)
  • Pep Hamilton (2017)
  • Jim McElwain (2018)
  • Josh Gattis (2019-2020)*

TIGHT ENDS

  • Jay Harbaugh (2015-2016)
  • Greg Frey (2017)*
  • Sherrone Moore (2018-2020)

OFFENSIVE LINE

  • Tim Drevno (2015-2017)
  • Greg Frey (2017)*
  • Ed Warinner (2018-2020)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

  • D.J. Durkin (2015)*
  • Don Brown (2016-2020)*

DEFENSIVE LINE

  • Greg Mattison (2015-2018)
  • Shaun Nua (2019-2020)

LINEBACKERS

  • Chris Partridge (2016-2017)
  • Al Washington (2018)
  • Anthony Campanile (2019)
  • Brian Jean-Mary (2020)

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

  • Don Brown (2016-2020)

CORNERBACKS

  • Mike Zordich (2015-2020)

SAFETIES

  • Greg Jackson (2015)
  • Brian Smith (2016-2017)
  • Chris Partridge (2018-2019)
  • Bob Shoop (2020)

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • John Baxter (2015)
  • Jay Harbaugh (2016)*
  • Chris Partridge (2017-2019)*
  • Jay Harbaugh (2020)*

HEAD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

  • Kevin Tolbert (2015-2018)
  • Ben Herbert (2019-2020)

*Also coached other positions
#Departed before coaching in a game

6 comments

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    je93
    Jan 22, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing McDaniels move on, and replaced with a coach more familiar with Gattis (who can recruit)

  2. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Jan 22, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    That’s a helluva a lot of good hires.

    That’s also a ton of turnover at most spots.

    CB stands out.

    Pep Hamilton did great work at QB in 2018.

    There’s a black spot up there labelled Enos. The question is if he was actually hired or not. I don’t recall if this was official hiring or just a rumor like Tank Wright.

    Unlike Enos, Wright actually coached (coaches?) at Michigan, which means he probably belongs on the list along with Bush.

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    Roanman
    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:06 PM

    Yeah, I wouldn’t mind Harbaugh taking over QB coaching in much the same way Saban handles DBs, leaving room for a mostly recruiting coach.

    I know I flog this, but one of my friends at the athletic department called and he … honest to God … went straight to Soup Campbell, knowing full well he had me from the Soup. He read off a list of receivers Campbell recruited and coached at Michigan and Iowa. It’s incredible.

    Danny Rocco had his worst season ever as an HC last year for Delaware at 5-7. That probably won’t happen again anytime soon.

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      je93
      Jan 22, 2020 at 12:13 PM

      Harbaugh as a QB makes a ton of sense – in his system. With the Gattis offense though, I’d rather have Gattis handpick his guy

      JMO, but I think part of our ‘transition costs’ last year was an experienced offensive coach (JH), switching to something new, led by a rookie OC (Gattis). I’m still skeptical if this mix can get us over the hump. We’ll see

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Jan 22, 2020 at 2:06 PM

      Soup was excellent at Michigan and Iowa. One thing you knew for sure was that his WRs weren’t going to see the field if they couldn’t block. Similar deal with Fred Jackson’s RB. But that is the past.

      I am not sure Campbell is the right fit with Gattis and I am not sure he is the ace recruiter anymore that Michigan needs if they want to ascend into the top 5 elite. It does not seem like the NFL or top tier college programs are knocking on Soup’s door otherwise. Would love to see him return as an analyst again.

      • Thunder
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        Jan 22, 2020 at 2:10 PM

        Yeah, the blocking of those receivers was the best testament for Campbell as a coach. Those guys were clearly talented (David Terrell, for example), but the fact that they bought into blocking was significant, not only from an attitude standpoint but from a production standpoint when it came to the running game.

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