Jay Harbaugh Officially Joins Father at U-M

Michigan officially announced the hiring of Jay Harbaugh as tight ends coach/assistant special teams coach.

Michigan made another coaching hire official Tuesday morning as Jim Harbaugh has hired his son Jay to coach the Wolverines’ tight ends as well as assisting John Baxter with special teams duties.

"Jay gathered a wealth of experience the last three seasons coaching in the NFL and I am excited to have him join our coaching staff," Jim Harbaugh said in a statement. "His passion for teaching the game is at the highest level and he will be an asset to our team.

“He did a phenomenal job in Baltimore and will do an excellent job mentoring our tight ends."

Jay Harbaugh spent the 2014 season as the Baltimore Ravens offensive quality control coach, working under his uncle John Harbaugh.

The previous two seasons with the Ravens, Jay Harbaugh, 25, worked for the video staff as well as the weight room staff, actually in Baltimore when the team defeated his father and the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII.

"It is an amazing opportunity and privilege to coach football at one of the premier universities in the world," Jay Harbaugh said in a statement. "I'm ecstatic about being in Ann Arbor, and to be a part of building something special with the great people in our program."

Prior to joining the Ravens, Harbaugh spent four seasons (2008-11) as an undergraduate assistant at Oregon State under current Nebraska coach Mike Riley, also completing an internship with the 49ers in the summer of 2011.

After telling the University’s athletic website that he briefly considered becoming a CIA agent growing up, Harbaugh decided coaching was the profession he’d like to pursue, coming to that conclusion in high school.

“Just looking at my dad and my grandfather and my uncles, seeing the fulfillment they had and the bond they had with their players and other coaches, it just seemed like both a fun life and a way to really make an impact on people and develop relationships,” Harbaugh told MGOBlue.com.

Now in charge of guiding talented junior tight end Jake Butt and several others, Harbaugh believes success will be had for several reasons.

 “I think I bring relentless positivity,” Harbaugh said. “I’m going to have a tight end room that’s all about improvement -- a culture of improvement -- just being positive, always getting better one-percent every single day.

“I think that along with being able to relate to the players lends itself to getting better all the time.”


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