James Joseph Harbaugh (born December 23, 1963) is the current head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines. From 1983 until 1986, he attended Michigan. From 1987 through 2000, he spent 14 seasons in the NFL, his longest with the Chicago Bears. He coached the San Diego Toreros (2004–2006), Stanford Cardinal (2007–2010), and 49ers (2011–2014). In 2015, he returned to Michigan.
Early Life Of James Joseph Harbaugh
Harbaugh was born December 23, 1963, in Toledo, Ohio to Jackie M. (née Cipiti) and Jack Harbaugh. His parents are half-Sicilian, half-Polish, and his mother is Irish and German. Jim and his brother John grew up in Toledo, where his father coached football at nearby Perrysburg High School.
His father was an assistant coach at Morehead State (1967–1970), Bowling Green (1967–1973), Iowa (1971–1973), Michigan (1973–1979), Stanford (1980–1981), and Western Michigan (1982–1986) throughout Harbaugh’s upbringing. Prior to attending Pioneer High School, Harbaugh played for the Ann Arbor Packers of the junior league. Then he switched to Palo Alto High School, graduating in 1982.
James Joseph Harbaugh’s Career
After graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1982, Harbaugh moved to Ann Arbor and started three seasons at quarterback for the Wolverines. In 1986, he led Michigan to the Rose Bowl and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.
The Bears drafted Harbaugh in the first round in 1987. I had him from 1987 to 1993 with the Chicago Bears, and then with the Indianapolis Colts from 1994 to 1997, and then the Baltimore Ravens from 1998 to 2000. With Chicago, he started regularly in 1990. In 1995, he led the Colts to the AFC Championship Game and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
From 1994 through 2001, Harbaugh worked unpaid at Western Kentucky University, where his father Jack was the head coach. In 2002, he rejoined the NFL as the Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach. In 2004, Harbaugh returned to the college levels as head coach at UC San Diego.
Then in 2007, he transferred to Stanford, where coach led the Cardinal to two bowl appearances and an Orange Bowl triumph in four seasons. His next job was as head coach of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, where he took them to the NFC Championship game in each of his first three seasons after missing the playoffs for eight consecutive years.
He and his elder brother, John Harbaugh, were the first brother coaching duo in NFL history. Their teams competed in the 2011 Thanksgiving Classic and the 2012 Super Bowl.
Love Life And Children Of James Joseph Harbaugh
Harbaugh is the son of college football coach Jack Harbaugh. He has 7 kids. He has three children from his previous marriage to Miah Harbaugh (m. 1996–2006): Jay (Oregon State University graduate and Michigan running backs coach), James (Michigan theatre major), and Grace (Michigan water polo player and history of art major).
He has two daughters, Addison and Katherine, and two boys, Jack (named after his grandpa) and John (named after his father) (named after his uncle). Harbaugh is a Catholic who volunteered in Piura, Peru.
It was the first time in NFL history that two brothers were head coaches, going off in the Thanksgiving Classic in 2011 and Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013.
In the 1994 Western/science fiction series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. In 1996, he appeared on Saved by the Bell as Screech’s cousin.
Harbaugh co-owned Panther Racing in IndyCar. The team’s main automobile had Harbaugh’s former jersey number, 4. When the team won the IRL championship in 2001 and 2002, they elected to preserve the No. 4 instead of going to No. 1 to honor Harbaugh’s achievements.
On October 30, 2005, in Encinitas, California, Harbaugh was arrested for DUI. He first denied wrongdoing before accepting a plea agreement. For reckless driving, he received three years probation, a $1,300 fine, and a drunken-driving education program. His BAC was.09, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Harbaugh got cardioversion in November 2012 to treat arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat).
Recent Controversies Of James Joseph Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh’s future as Michigan’s coach is uncertain but will be resolved shortly. But the repercussions of a possible departure are evident.
One source told CBS Sports that Harbaugh “absolutely” wants to return to the NFL. The Michigan coach “had real interest” in the Minnesota Vikings position, according to reports. But club owner and major Michigan contributor Stephen Ross have vowed he won’t be the one to “drag Jim Harbaugh away from Michigan”.
Coach Khaki can depart the maize and blue with his head held high. In 2021, Harbaugh trounced The Team Down South (Ohio State), won the Big Ten title, and qualified for the College Football Playoff. It took until Year 7, but it did.
It’s now time for the tough stuff If Harbaugh continues, that high-headedness will remain. Last season was a rarity for the Harbaugh-Michigan period in a league and sport dominated by the SEC. It also came as Harbaugh agreed to a contract decrease based on his first six seasons with the Wolverines.
Michigan has made it to the big time, but can it stay? Harbaugh will be expected to duplicate his and his team’s success in 2021 if he stays in Ann Arbor through Year 8. That must factor into his decision.
We admit it… Georgia’s 34-11 thrashing of the Wolverines in the Orange Bowl quarterfinal of the College Football Playoff may have demonstrated Michigan’s journey to the top.
This should be accompanied by the standard disclaimer: Jim Harbaugh. It’s a gamble.
Last week, despite the smoke, Harbaugh was still recruiting ahead of Wednesday’s customary National Signing Day.
Only Harbaugh knows where he’ll coach next season, but if the carousel stops and Michigan are left without a coach, it’ll need to act quickly to keep its recruiting class and prepare for spring practice.
If Harbaugh leaves, here are the top possibilities to replace him.
Coach Josh Gattis (Michigan) Gattis is the most probable option if Michigan AD Warde Manuel stays in-house. The Wolverines offensive coordinator moved from a question mark in 2019 and 2020 to a desirable commodity in 2021 by producing with a static offense.
Gattis developed UM running backs Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum, as well as quarterback Cade McNamara. If Michigan wants to keep up with Ohio State, having Gattis’ offensive genius running the show wouldn’t be a bad thing.
Alabama: Obie’s lack of a college or pro employment after a great start at Alabama is shocking. That might be due to his not being accessible until late in the CFP National Championship round. He seems refreshed and professionally rehabilitated. He also coached Bryce Young to the Heisman Trophy.
Coach Matt Campbell (Iowa): Campbell is unlikely to leave the Cyclones at this point, especially with signing day fast coming. Such character after telling a whole recruiting class he’d be there.
Coach Mike Hart, Michigan RBs: Big Brother’s name keeps coming up, but if Hart wins the job, it’s because Manuel hasn’t gotten a chance with the others. Hart, 35, has been coaching running backs for 10 years, his first at his alma university. He’ll need to find a job or two before he’s ready for Michigan’s greatest stage.