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Jim Harbaugh

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Coach Bio

Jim Harbaugh, is the 20th head coach in University of Michigan football history. He is the sixth former Michigan football player to be named the leader of college football's winningest program. 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.

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 the Pac-10.

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.

Harbaugh began preparing for a career as a coach during his professional playing days. He spent eight years as an NCAA-certified unpaid assistant coach for his father, Jack, at Western Kentucky (1994-2001), and 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.

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.

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.

Fun Fact

Jim Harbaugh led the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship Game in each of his first three seasons as head coach, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII coaching against his brother John’s Baltimore team.

Career Highlights

  • The only coach to win both the AP NFL Coach of the Year (2011) and Woody Hayes Coach of the Year Award (2010).
  • Has coached in the Super Bowl as both an assistant (Raiders, Super Bowl XXXVII) and head coach (49ers, Super Bowl XLVII).
  • Mentored two Stanford student-athletes to runner-up finishes in Heisman Trophy voting: Toby Gerhart (2009) and Andrew Luck (2010).
  • Joins Gustave Ferbert (1897-99), Elton "Tad" Wieman (1927-28), Harry Kipke (1929-37), Bennie Oosterbaan (1948-58) and Bump Elliott (1959-68) as former Wolverine players to serve as head coach.
  • The only former Michigan player to serve as a head coach in the Super Bowl.
  • Earned the nickname "Captain Comeback" during his NFL playing days for his ability to lead his teams to wins in the fourth quarter.
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Assistant Coaches

Tim Drevno

Sanford Robertson Offensive Coordinator/O-Line Coach

Tim Drevno is preparing for his second season as Michigan’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach after a year which saw U-M reach the 10-win plateau under a highly productive offense that propelled quarterback Jake Rudock, wide receiver Jehu Chesson and tight end Jake Butt to record-setting seasons

Drevno came to Michigan following one season as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of Southern California. Under the direction of Drevno, USC offensive lineman Max Tuerk earned All-Pac 12 first team honors. Drevno has had many coaching stints with head coach Jim Harbaugh, including positions with Stanford, San Diego and the San Francisco 49ers.

Drevno has been crucial to the development of offensive linemen throughout his career, producing five pro-bowl linemen, breaking a school record for rushing yards in a season, and finishing among the top 10 nationally in total offense three times.

Drevno began his playing career along the offensive line at El Camino Junior College where he won a national championship in 1987 and was All-Mission League in 1988. He transferred to Cal State Fullerton and started along the offensive line for the next two seasons (1989-1990).

A Torrance, California, native, Drevno attended South Torrance High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Fullerton in 1992. Drevno and his wife, Shannon, have two daughters, McKenna and Baylee, and a son, Zachary.

Don Brown

Defensive Coordinator

Don Brown begins his first season as U-M defensive coordinator following three years at Boston College, where he served as the DC and linebackers coach. Brown is widely regarded as one of the top defensive minds in the country; his units are known for their attacking style and stingy run defense, with a commitment to a heavy blitz scheme.

A native of Spencer, Massachusetts, Brown brings 34 years of coaching experience to U-M, including 21 as a defensive coordinator. He has spent time all over New England, including 12 seasons as a head coach, compiling a 94-45 record at three different institutions (Plymouth State, 1993-95; Northeastern, 2000-03; Massachusetts, 2004-08) with five conference titles and six playoff appearances.

Before coming to Ann Arbor, he guided the Eagles’ defense to a banner year, with the unit leading the nation in eight defensive categories. Brown has been part of a number of championship teams at all levels of college football. He has been part of 11 conference title-winning staffs, and has been nominated three times for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant.

Brown graduated from Norwich University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and later earned his master’s degree from Plymouth State in 1996. He was a star running back and four-year letterwinner at NU, from 1973-76 and earned another two varsity letters playing basketball. He was elected into the Vermont Military academy’s Hall of Fame in 2007, 30 years after his graduation.

Brown graduated from David Prouty High School in Spencer, Massachusetts. He and his wife Deborah have four children and 10 grandchildren.

Greg Mattison

Defensive Line Coach

One of the game’s most respected names, Greg Mattision oversees Michigan’s defensive line. He has 15 years of defensive coordinator experience at the collegiate level and two in the NFL with Baltimore. He helped Florida to the 2006 national championship, spent eight seasons at Notre Dame and served five years as a Michigan assistant under Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr. In February 2013, Mattison was named the ESPN RecruitingNation Recruiter of the Year.

Mattison also coached at Texas A&M, Navy, Western Michigan, Northwestern, Cornell and Illinois. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in physical education from Wisconsin-La Crosse (1971) where he was team captain for the football and wrestling teams as a junior and senior. Mattison earned All-America honors in wrestling and was the Offensive MVP for the football team as a senior.

Mattison and his wife, Ann, have two adult children: Lisa and Bryan. Lisa was a three-time All-Big East selection on Notre Dame’s softball team. Bryan was a two-time captain and three-year starter at defensive end for the University of Iowa and spent four seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman.

Jedd Fisch

Passing Game Coordinator

Jedd Fisch is in his second season as U-M’s passing game coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach. In his first year in Ann Arbor, Fisch pushed quarterback Jake Rudock to the second-ever 3,000-yard single-season passing performance in program history. The Wolverine offense opened up through the air, and Fisch guided Rudock to be among the Big Ten leaders in pass efficiency (141.5) and yards per game (232.1), setting several Michigan records in the process.

 

Fisch spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his time in Jacksonville, Fisch oversaw a young offense including former Michigan standouts Denard Robinson (‘13) and Chad Henne (‘08). In his first season with the Jaguars, Fisch guided the offense to improvements in nearly every category from the first eight games to the final eight games, including 31st to eighth in red zone offense and doubling its points per game total.

Prior to his time in Jacksonville, Fisch served as the University of Miami offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In his first season at Miami, Fisch tutored quarterback Jacory Harris, who solidified himself as one of the best signal-callers in Miami and ACC history. Harris finished with a single-season school record 65.0 completion percentage while throwing for 20 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Miami’s offense averaged 26.5 points per game and amassed 4,533 yards of total offense in 2011.

Prior to Miami, Fisch had coaching stints with the Seattle Seahawks, University of Minnesota, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans, working with the quarterbacks in every position.

A native of Livingston, New Jersey, Fisch earned a degree in criminology from Florida in 1998. He and his wife Amber have three daughters: Zaylee, Ashlee, and Kendall.

Chris Partridge

Linebackers Coach/Special Teams Coach

Chris Partridge was announced as linebackers and special teams coach for Michigan on Jan. 14, 2016.

Partridge had been the Wolverines’ director of player personnel in recruiting since joining the staff in January 2015 until Coach Harbaugh appointed him to coach the team’s linebackers during the bowl season. Partridge was named the 2016 National Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com.

Competing against the No. 19-ranked University of Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day, Partridge helped coach the Wolverines to a convincing 41-7 victory. The stout Wolverine defense held the Gator attack to just 28 total yards of offense in the second half, including two yards in the third quarter. The team’s two leading tacklers against Florida were both linebackers (Joe Bolden, 7; Desmond Morgan, 4).

Partridge came to Ann Arbor after serving as the head coach at New Jersey’s Paramus Catholic High School, a position he held for five seasons (2010-14). While at the helm of the Paladin program, Partridge grew a football program listed 4,250th nationally and 112th in state of New Jersey to the top-ranked team in the state and No. 4 nationally by USA Today. He coached and mentored more than 30 Division I football players during that time, as well as various All-America players.

Prior to his stint at Paramus, Partridge served as the defensive line coach and assistant to the special teams at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Partridge coached at his alma mater, Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, as the secondary coach and assistant to the special teams coordinator.

Partridge earned his bachelor’s degree in government and law from Lafayette College in 2003.

Brian Smith

Defensive Backs Coach

Brian Smith comes to Ann Arbor as Michigan’s defensive backs coach after spending the 2015 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he served as the team’s assistant linebackers coach. Prior to joining the Eagles staff, Smith spent eight seasons with the New York Jets (2007-14). He worked with the defensive secondary for the Jets during the 2013-14 seasons, mentoring first-round pick Dee Milliner, who earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month honors in December. Smith started his tenure with the Jets as a quality control/offensive coach in 2007 and held various coaching positions with the franchise.

Smith began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, where he worked with current Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown. Smith coached the outside linebackers in 2004 and switched over to the offensive side of the ball in 2005, mentoring the wide receivers and coaching New York Giants All-Pro and Pro Bowl receiver Victor Cruz.

Smith was a four-year letterman and three-year starter in the secondary for the Minutemen and was a member of the program’s 1998 NCAA Division I-AA national championship team. Smith registered 306 stops, 23 tackles for loss, 23 pass breakups and eight interceptions during his career. He earned All-Atlantic 10, All-New England and All-ECAC honors as a senior in 2000.

Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts in 2001. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Smith was a three-time Atlantic 10 and CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and was twice named to the Division I-AA Athletic Directors Academic All-Star team.

Mike Zordich

Secondary Coach

Mike Zordich is in his second season as the secondary coach for the Wolverines. In his first year with the team’s secondary, he helped Jourdan Lewis and Jabrill Peppers to All-America honors.

In fact, the Michigan secondary did not let a single opponent pass for multiple touchdowns against them, surrendering just eight scores through the air all year. Prior to joining U-M, Zordich served as the co-special teams coordinator and safeties coach for Youngstown State in 2014. Prior to that, he worked with the Philadelphia Eagles for four seasons, serving two years as safeties coach and two years as quality control coach.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Zordich played five seasons each with the Philadelphia Eagles (1994-98) and Arizona Cardinals (1989-93), and two seasons with the New York Jets (1987-88). He retired from the NFL following the 1998 season, having posted 125 starts in 185 games. Zordich collected nearly 600 tackles, 20 interceptions and scored four defensive touchdowns; he returned three picks for scores and returned one fumble for a touchdown. Zordich also collected six sacks, forced six fumbles and recovered 11 fumbles during his career. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 1986 draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Zordich was an All-American safety and team captain for Penn State. He posted 60 tackles and had an interception return for a TD against Maryland during his All-America season in 1985. For his career, Zordich posted 201 career tackles. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management in 1986.

Zordich and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons, Michael and Alex, and a daughter, Aidan. Michael is a fullback with the Carolina Panthers. Alex played quarterback at Buffalo and Aidan is a senior at Penn State.

Tyrone Wheatley

Running Backs Coach

Tyrone Wheatley is in his second season as U-M’s running backs coach. In his first year with the group, he helped guide an attack that produced the team’s highest single-season rusher in De’Veon Smith since 2011.

Wheatley, a Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee in 2015, had a standout career as a Michigan running back and track athlete. He returns to Ann Arbor after spending the past two seasons coaching running backs with the Buffalo Bills. Wheatley finished his illustrious Michigan football career as the program’s second-leading rusher (now fifth). He was the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year in 1992, and earned All-America honors in the 110-meter hurdles as a track athlete in 1995. He enjoyed a 10-year career in the NFL before starting his coaching career.

Prior to coaching in the NFL, Wheatley spent five seasons in the collegiate ranks. From 2010-12, he coached running backs at Syracuse University. While with the Orange, he coached Delone Carter to a 1,000-yard season in 2010 and a second-team All-Big East selection. He also helped Syracuse win two Pinstripe Bowls during his tenure (2010, 2012).

A native of Inkster, Michigan, Wheatley earned his bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Michigan. He and his wife Kimberly have five children: Tyrone, Jr., Terius, Tyrique, Tiana and Tamari.

Wheatley was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Jay Harbaugh

Tight Ends Coach

Jay Harbaugh is in his second season with the Wolverines as the tight ends coach and special teams assistant. Harbaugh helped guide Jake Butt to All-America honors in his first season, helping Butt become a Mackey Award semi-finalist in the process. Previously, he served three seasons as an assistant for the Baltimore Ravens.

During his time in Baltimore, Harbaugh’s work revolved around the statistical analysis, scouting and breakdown of opposing defenses. The offense was ranked eighth in the league in total yards per game.

Prior to his work in Baltimore, Harbaugh served as an undergraduate assistant at Oregon State.

A San Diego, California, native, Harbaugh earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Oregon State.

Kevin Tolbert

Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

Kevin Tolbert is in his second year at Michigan as the team’s director of football strength and conditioning. Tolbert previously served as an assistant strength coach for the Wolverines during Lloyd Carr’s tenure from 2001-07.

Prior to returning to Ann Arbor, Tolbert spent six years working with head coach Jim Harbaugh, including four seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with the San Francisco 49ers (2011-14) and two seasons at Stanford (2009-2010).

A native of St. Albans, New York, Tolbert earned his bachelor of sciences degree in 1981 from the United States Naval Academy. He was a three-year football letterman for the Midshipmen, helping the squad earn a pair of bowl victories.

He has four children: Kimberly, Kaitlin, Courtney and Matthew.