A familiar face in the Jim Harbaugh coaching tree is making his way to Ann Arbor.
Announced on Thursday, the University of Michigan has hired former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton to become its assistant coach and passing game coordinator, a position previously held by Jedd Fisch.
Hamilton got his coaching start at his alma mater, Howard University, and was the Quarterback coach for one season before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 1999. After a number of NFL coaching stops, Harbaugh hired Hamilton to his staff at Stanford to become wide receivers coach in 2010. The next season, Hamilton was promoted to offensive coordinator and spent time developing two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Andrew Luck, who Hamilton would eventually follow to the Indianapolis Colts.
In a statement, Harbaugh says he is thrilled to welcome Hamilton into the fold.
"Pep Hamilton is a proven, outstanding football coach, husband and father," Harbaugh said. "His teaching and mentoring skills have produced quality athletes and quality young men, including some of the finest quarterbacks and wide receivers in the country. We are thrilled and excited to have Pep and Nicole and their children -- April, Jackson and Elizabeth -- as members of our Michigan family."
Hamilton is excited to spend time getting to know his new players and developing them over time.
"It is an honor and privilege to be part of one of the most storied programs in college football history," Hamilton said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Coach Harbaugh and members of the staff at Michigan. I am excited to get to work meeting our players so that I can assist with their development on the field and in the university community."null