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Jim Harbaugh
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Harbaugh with Stanford in August 2010
Michigan Wolverines
Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: December 23, 1963 (1963-12-23) (age 55)
Place of birth: Toledo, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Palo Alto High School
Ann Arbor Pioneer High School
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Debuted in 1987 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 2000 for the San Diego Chargers
Made coaching debut in 1994 for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
 As coach:
  • Western Kentucky University (1994–2001)
    (Assistant coach)
  • Oakland Raiders (2002–2003)
    (Quarterbacks coach)
  • University of San Diego (2004–2006)
    (Head coach)
  • Stanford (2007–2010)
    (Head coach)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2011–2014)
    (Head coach)
  • University of Michigan (2015–present)
    (Head coach)
Career highlights and awards
  • 2011 AP NFL Coach of the Year
  • 2010 Woody Hayes Coach of the Year Award
  • 1995 AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year
  • 1995 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year
  • Pro Bowl selection (1995)
  • Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor
Career NFL statistics as of 2001
TDINT 129–117
Passing yards 26,288
QB rating 77.6
Stats at NFL.com

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.

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