Jim Harbaugh has another piece officially added to his coaching staff puzzle as Michigan announced Wednesday the hiring of Greg Jackson as the secondary coach for the Wolverines.
Jackson heads to Ann Arbor by way of San Francisco after spending the last four seasons under Harbaugh coaching the defensive backs for the 49ers.
Although Jackson and Harbaugh have extensive experience working with one another prior to arriving at Michigan, that relationship began several years ago.
"I got to know Coach Jackson as a player with the San Diego Chargers, and since that time I have been impressed by his approach to the game and his leadership," said Harbaugh in a statement released by the University. "He has a proven track record working with elite NFL defensive backs and is very familiar with the Big Ten landscape.
“Our young men with the desire to play at the next level and the right work ethic will benefit from Greg's approach and ability. I am excited to have him a part of the Michigan family."
Jackson played 12 seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the third round by the New York Giants in 1989, also playing for the Eagles, Saints and of course Chargers before retiring in 2000.
Jackson wasted little time getting right into his coaching career, accepting a position to be the defensive backs coach at Idaho in 2003 before spending three seasons in the same role at Louisiana-Monroe.
"I am very excited to be here at the University of Michigan," Jackson said also in a statement released by the University. "I have always known this is a special place, so when Coach Harbaugh asked me to join his staff there was no way I was going to pass up this tremendous opportunity.
“This school has it all, both academics and athletics that are steeped in tradition. I can't wait to get to work with our student-athletes."
Jackson’s most recent stint with the 49ers can be termed as an enormous success. In 2011, San Francisco’s secondary tallied 22 interceptions, good enough for second in the entire NFL. In 2012, the 49ers were fourth best in the league in pass defense allowing just 200.2 yards per game, the lowest average for the franchise since 1997.
Former NFL safety Mike Zordich, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles safeties in 2012 and 2013, is expected to join Jackson coaching a portion of Michigan’s secondary. Zordich’s hiring has yet to be made official by the University.
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