Zordich: Phone Call Leads to Job at Michigan

Michigan secondary coach Mike Zordich recalls his phone call that led to his job with at Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Maybe it was just luck or random coincidence, but a simple friendly phone call led to Mike Zordich becoming Michigan's next secondary coach.

Zordich, who was jobless at the time, decided to call his friend -- current Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh -- to wish him luck before his upcoming NFL playoff game

What happened next? Well, a friendly phone call led to his next job at Michigan, says Zordich.

"I called John [Harbaugh] to wish him luck about his playoff game," said Zordich, who played under John for one season (1998) when he coached the Philadelphia Eagles special teams.

"My head coach had just got fired from Youngstown State. He was talking to Jim [Harbaugh] about coming here. [John Harbaugh] said, 'What about you?' I says, 'I wouldn't mind working for a Harbaugh again.' He was my coach when I was playing in Philly. And one thing led to another and here I am."

Zordich, of course, was hired in by John's brother, Jim, in January.

"I'm glad to be here, too," Zordich said. "It's a great place."

Harbaugh's Coaching Style

While Zordich has never coached with Harbaugh before, he has played against him the NFL and watched him from a far.

And so far, he appreciates his unique demeanor from a coaching standpoint.

"I just love his openness," Zordich said of Harbaugh. "I think he's really fair with the players. And he's strong with them too. It's pretty much nonsense. You see what you get. And that's what all kids need. They need a firm hand to help guide them, and I think he does that.

"And he's certainly a great guy. We all know he's been very successful and he knows the game of football. And he knows how to win. "

Harbaugh style also fits the mold of the rest of the coaching staff, says Zordich, noting that the staff has taken a "starting new" approach with the players this spring.

"You might get tired of hearing saying 'starting new, clean slate' and all that stuff. That's the approach we have to take," Zordich said. "And we are a new staff and we are expected to do things well. And he is expected to do things well. That's what we are here to do. So we are starting new and we like his aggressiveness and I think that's he got the staff he has, the kind of guys he has.

"All the same kind of guys. ... Working going and moving right on forward."

Michigan plays its annual spring game on April 4.

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