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Jim Harbaugh
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Harbaugh during the 2017 season
Michigan Wolverines
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1963-12-23) December 23, 1963 (age 58)
Toledo, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Palo Alto (Palo Alto, California)
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:
  • Big Ten East Division co-champion (2018)
  • NFC Champion (2012)
  • NFL Coach of the Year (2011)
  • Woody Hayes Trophy (2010)
  • 2× Pioneer League champion (2005, 2006)
  • 2× NCAA Division 1 FCS Mid-Major National Champion (2005, 2006)

As player:

  • Pro Bowl (1995)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1995)
  • AFC Offensive Player of the Year (1995)
  • Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor
  • Big Ten Most Valuable Player (1986)
  • Fiesta Bowl Champion (1986)
  • 3rd in Heisman Trophy Voting (1986)
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 129–117
Passing yards: 26,288
Passer rating: 77.6
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season: 44–19–1 (.695) (NFL)
96–41 (.701) (college)
Postseason: 5–3 (.625) (NFL)
2–4 (.333) (college)
Career: 49–22–1 (.688) (NFL)
96-41 (.701) (college)

Jim Harbaugh (born December 23, 1963) is an American football coach and former player. He is now the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, the team representing the University of Michigan. Before returning to Michigan, where he had played in college, he had coached the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. Harbaugh is also a former NFL quarterback.

Football career

Harbaugh was previously a quarterback in the NFL, and had a mediocre playing career in the 1990s. After his playing days were over, Harbaugh became a coach. He was notably the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal in college football. Harbaugh was known for his energetic style. He was then hired by the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL to be their head coach.

In a game against the Detroit Lions (49ers win), a postgame handshake made national news. In the game, Harbaugh challenged a scoring play. However, under NFL rules, scoring plays are always reviewed. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz reportedly screamed a curse. After San Francisco won, the coaches went to midfield to shake hands. However, Schwartz accused Harbaugh of "smacking his back and shaking his hand too hard." Shartz chased Harbaugh down the field, and they had to be separated. This is often called "The Handshake Game."

Harbaugh later led the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship. He won the NFL Coach of the Year award for taking a struggling team (and quarterback, in Alex Smith) and taking them deep into the playoffs. Jim also adopted a chant used by his father. It has regularly been referenced in the 49ers' locker rooms. It goes: "Whooo's got it better than us?" Answer: Nooooobody!

He left the 49ers after the 2014 NFL season and returned to Michigan as the Wolverines' new head coach.


Jim Harbaugh is part of the famous Harbaugh coaching tree that includes father Jack Harbaugh and older brother John Harbaugh.

  1. Much Ado About a Handshake-New York Times
  2. Jim Harbaugh is your coach of the year-Pro Football
  3. Jim Harbaugh to San Francisco 49ers-ESPN

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