Zordich Named Secondary Coach

Michigan announced Michael Zordich as its secondary coach today.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –Jim Harbaugh announced Michael Zordich as Michigan’s secondary coach today. Zordich comes to the program after spending 2014 as Youngstown State’s co-special teams coordinator and safeties coach.

"Michael is a proven secondary coach the has had success at the pro and collegiate levels," Harbaugh told MGoBlue.com. "After an All-American career at Penn State and a 12-year career in the NFL, Michael knows what it takes to be an elite defensive back. Players that hope to play at the next level will benefit from Michael's teaching and knowledge of the game."

With four years NFL coaching experience, Zordich coached the Philadelphia Eagles safeties (2011-12) and was the quality controls coach from 2009-10.

"I am thrilled to join the University of Michigan and work with the players and staff that strive to live up to this program's great tradition," Zordich told MGoBlue.com. "I can already tell there are quality young men in this program, and I look forward to building lifelong relationships with the student-athletes I will mentor. It is great to be in Ann Arbor, and it is a privilege to work alongside coach Harbaugh and this tremendous coaching staff."

Greg Jackson, who was named secondary coach earlier in the week, will coach the position group with Zordich. The two of them will spilt duties in U-M coordinator D.J. Durkin’s defense.

"D.J. had a little chat with both of us," Zordich told MGoBlue.com. "Greg Jackson will coach the safeties, and I'll coach the cornerbacks. That doesn't mean I won't talk with the safeties, and it doesn't mean Greg won't talk with the corners. We'll have a seamless room when we meet."

In 2014, Michigan was last in the Big Ten with five forced turnovers. Zordich hopes to change that trend.

"We need to be aware of that, and we'll coach it," Zordich told MGoBlue.com. "We'll talk about it and do it in practice. And we'll certainly teach the technique in fundamentals and individual periods."

Zordich spent his 12-year NFL career playing for the Philadelphia Eagles (1994-98), Arizona Cardinals (1989-93) and with the New York Jets (1987-88). He made 125 career starts and appeared in 185 games.

He was an All-American at Penn State in 1985.

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