Tyrone Wheatley Returns to Coach U-M RB's

Michigan officially announced the hiring of Tyrone Wheatley as the Wolverines' running backs coach.

Another familiar face will be inside Michigan Stadium this fall when the Wolverines begin the 2015 season.

Saturday, Jim Harbaugh and the University made it official as former Michigan running back Tyrone Wheatley returns to Ann Arbor to coach the running backs.

"Having Tyrone back in the Maize and Blue will be very special for our program," Harbaugh said in a statement.

"He is a true leader, a dynamic coach and will make a profound impact on the young men who play for Michigan. I am so pleased to have him back in Schembechler Hall."

Wheatley’s path back to the Wolverines follows two seasons coaching running backs for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.

Not only a standout running back at Michigan from 1991-94 before being a first round pick of the New York Giants in the 1995 NFL draft, Wheatley also excelled in track for the Wolverines, a first team all-Big Ten performer earning All-American honors.

For Wheatley, returning to his alma mater and home state is a unique feeling.

"Michigan holds a special place in my heart and the chance to return here and help guide this program is truly a dream homecoming," said Wheatley.

"Michigan helped make me the man, husband and father I am today, and I am passionate about passing those lessons on to the next generation of young men in Maize and Blue. I look forward to getting to work and thank Coach Harbaugh for the opportunity."

Wheatley was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 1992 and left Michigan as the school’s second leading rusher, now fifth on the list.

After playing 10 seasons in the NFL with the Giants and Oakland Raiders, Wheatley began his coaching career at his old high school Dearborn Robichaud, in charge of guiding both the football and track programs.

Wheatley then became an assistant coach at Ohio Northern University in 2008, then moving to Eastern Michigan as the running backs coach in 2009.

In 2010, Wheatley accepted the role of running backs coach at Syracuse under then coach Doug Marrone. Wheatley stayed with the Orange until 2013 before following Marrone to the Bills.

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