Michigan’s coaching staff is nearly complete.
On the job in Ann Arbor for nearly three weeks now, Jim Harbaugh is methodically assembling a very strong and experienced group to lead the Wolverines.
Recently stating that the search is “coming together great,” the finishing touches appear to be being put on the process as candidates and roles continue to be finalized.
Here’s an updated look at what positions are currently filled, those that have been announced/confirmed, and what work is still left to be done.
- Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh commenting on Durkin’s hire, "D.J. is one of the top young defensive coordinators in football, and I look forward to having him work with our student-athletes. He will make an excellent addition to our staff."
- Durkin also released a statement via the school’s website, "Reuniting with Jim at the University of Michigan is an opportunity that I could not pass up," Durkin said in a statement also released via the school’s athletic website. "We had some great times working together at Stanford, and I look forward to producing great results at Michigan. I look forward to coaching in the Big Ten after growing up in that footprint. I am excited to return to the Midwest and recruit and teach some of the best and brightest young men in the country."
Tim Drevno will be Michigan’s offensive coordinator:
- The LA Times was the first to report Drevno’s move to Ann Arbor after spending one season as USC’s offensive line coach.
- Harbaugh and Drevno have worked together for several years including stops at San Diego, Stanford and even with the San Francisco 49ers.
- Drevno’s hire was officially announced Friday, Jim Harbaugh offering comment, "I am excited to reunite with Tim and have him serve as the offensive coordinator for our Michigan program," said Harbaugh. “Tim is an outstanding offensive line coach and is a technician that works very hard at making his student-athletes better players and students. He will be an outstanding member of our coaching staff."
- Drevno’s statement via Michigan’s athletic website, "I am excited to join the University of Michigan and work with Coach Harbaugh again," Drevno said. "We have a long history together, and I have great respect for what he has accomplished as a coach. I am excited to be in Ann Arbor and can't wait to get to work with the players and staff to build on this program's great tradition."
Greg Mattison to coach the defensive line:
- Mattison was very open about his willingness to stay on Michigan’s staff despite the departure of Brady Hoke
- Mattison will stay on under Durkin and coach Michigan’s defensive line, a talented group that has shown great progress in recent seasons
Kevin Tolbert hired as strength and conditioning coordinator:
- Tolbert comes over from the San Francisco 49ers after spending four years as the assistant strength and conditioning coordinator
- Tolbert also worked with Harbaugh at Stanford
Tyrone Wheatley will coach running backs at Michigan:
- Wheatley met and interviewed with Harbaugh last week
- Wheatley comes to Michigan via the Buffalo Bills where he was the running backs coach each of the last two seasons
John Baxter hired as special teams coordinator:
- This has yet to be announced by the school
- Baxter has been at USC since 2010 after spending 13 seasons on Fresno State’s staff.
Mike Zordich as defensive backs coach:
- Zordich has been the safeties coach with the Philadelphia Eagles the last two years
- Zordich is a former All-American safety at Penn State and spent 12 seasons playing in the NFL
Jedd Fisch hired as passing game coordinator/wide receiver’s coach:
- Fisch spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL
- Fisch has bounced back and forth from college to the NFL including stops at Florida, the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos and others
Director of Football Operations is Jim Minick:
- Minick is a U.S. Marine Corps Col. and close friend of Harbaugh’s reportedly dating back to grade school.
- This hire is not official yet.
Greg Jackson to coach in the Michigan secondary:
- Jackson has been the secondary coach with the 49ers the last four years, both interviewing for positions under Harbaugh at Michigan
- This move has yet to be made official by Michigan
Jay Harbaugh joining Michigan’s staff:
- Harbaugh will join his father on the Wolverines’ coaching staff but it’s unclear what role he’ll fill
- Harbaugh heads to Ann Arbor after spending the last three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, working under his uncle John as an offensive quality control assistant
Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.
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