Jim Harbaugh

Head Coach, Los Angeles Chargers; Former NFL Quarterback and Michigan Coach
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  • Harbaugh's remarkable playing career, spanning both college and the NFL, uniquely shapes his coaching success.
  • Coach Harbaugh guided Michigan to victory in the 2024 College Football National Championship, achieving a historic milestone in his coaching career.
  • He solidified his status as a top-tier coach in college football during his nine-season tenure as University of Michigan’s head coach.
  • Lead the 49ers to three consecutive NFC Championship Games with an impressive overall record of 49-22-1.
  • Harbaugh draws upon his experience with high-performing teams to assist audiences in defining success and enhancing team culture.

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Jim Harbaugh was named the Los Angeles Chargers head coach on January 24, 2024. Jim Harbaugh is entering his ninth season as the head coach of the University of Michigan football team. He was named the 20th coach in Michigan football history in 2014 and is the sixth former Michigan football player to be named the leader of college football's winningest program. Coach Harbaugh most recently led Michigan to victory in the 2024 College Football National Championship, a historic triumph in his coaching career.

As a collegiate player, Harbaugh was one of the most efficient passers in NCAA history. In 1985, he led the nation in pass efficiency and finished as the runner-up in 1986. His career pass efficiency rating was the NCAA's top mark for more than 12 years. He went on to play for five different organizations during his 15-year NFL career (1987-2001). He completed 2,305-of-3,918 passes for 26,288 yards and 129 touchdowns in 177 games with 140 career starts. He was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection after leading the Indianapolis Colts to the AFC Championship Game in 1995. He was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor in 2005.

Harbaugh came to Ann Arbor, MI after an impressive four-year run in the National Football League as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers (2011-2014). He led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game in each of his first three seasons, winning the George Halas Trophy as NFC champions in 2012. Harbaugh tallied a 49-22-1 overall record that included a 5-3 mark in the postseason as 49ers head coach.

At Michigan, Harbaugh has guided the Wolverines to a 74-25 record and 51-17 in Big Ten games. He has led Michigan to five 10-win seasons and seven bowl games, including two College Football Playoff Semifinals (2021-2022). He is highly respected in the coaching world for his consistent success and winning philosophy. On3’s J.D. PicKell comments, “Jim Harbaugh is the common denominator in each of Michigan’s Big Ten title seasons. Top 5 coach in college football.” Jim Harbaugh ultimately transformed Michigan football into an annual Big Ten contender and is entering this season with greater ambitions than ever before.

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Michigan National Championship Celebration Speech

Harbaugh on J.J. McCarthy's Success as Quarterback

Wolf Pack Mentality

  • Building a Family vs. a Football Program
  • Team Culture
  • Definition of Success
  • NCAA Transfer Portal
  • Importance of Remembering the Joy of the Game


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