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Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh as the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal football team.
Jim Harbaugh as the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal football team.
Title Head coach
College Stanford
Conference Pac-10
Team record 17–20 (.459)
Born December 23, 1963 (1963-12-23) (age 46)
Place of birth Toledo, Ohio
Annual salary $750,000
Career highlights
Overall 46–26 (.639)
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
1995 AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year,
1995 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year
Indianapolis Colts ROH
Pro Bowl selection (1995)
NFL All-Pro (1995)
NFL.com stats
Playing career
Chicago Bears
Indianapolis Colts
Baltimore Ravens
San Diego Chargers
Detroit Lions *
Carolina Panthers *
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Position QB
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Western Kentucky (Assist.)
Oakland Raiders (QBs)
U. of San Diego

James Joseph "Jim" Harbaugh (born December 23, 1963 in Toledo, Ohio) is the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal football team. He is also a former quarterback who played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, and San Diego Chargers of the NFL. He played for the junior league Ann Arbor Packers, then for Tappan Junior High, going on to Pioneer High School and then to Palo Alto High School in California. He was selected by the Bears out of the University of Michigan with the 26th pick in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft.


College career

Harbaugh was a four-year letterman at the University of Michigan and finished his college career in the top five in passing attempts, completions, completion percentage, passing yards, and touchdown passes in school history. Playing for Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, he was a three-year starter, though he broke his arm five games into the 1984 season and sat out the remainder the year. As a junior in 1985, Harbaugh led the nation in passing efficiency and quarterbacked one of Schembechler's best teams. The 1985 team posted a 10–1–1 record, defeated Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl, and finished with a #2 ranking in the final polls, the highest finish for Michigan during Schembechler's tenure as head coach. As a senior in 1986, Harbaugh guided Michigan to an 11–2 record and a berth in the 1987 Rose Bowl while earning Big Ten Conference Player of the Year honors and finishing third in the Heisman balloting. Harbaugh was also named to the Big Ten's All-Academic team, as well as the 1986 AP and UPI All-American teams.

Career passing statistics

Year Att Comp Int Comp % Yds Yds/Comp TD Long
1983 5 2 0 40.0 26 13.0 0 19
1984 111 60 5 54.1 718 12.0 3 45
1985 227 145 6 63.9 1976 13.6 18 77
1986 277 180 11 65.0 2729 15.2 10 62
Total 620 387 22 62.4 5449 14.1 31 77

Career rushing statistics

Year Att Net Yd Yd/Att TD Long
1983 2 -15 -7.5 0 0
1984 42 54 1.3 0 16
1985 79 139 1.8 4 24
1986 94 118 1.3 8 20
Total 217 296 1.4 12 24

NFL career

Harbaugh entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1987. He played seven seasons for the Bears and passed for a career-high 3,121 yards with them in 1991.

From 1994 to 1997, Harbaugh quarterbacked the Indianapolis Colts, and in 1995, achieved career highs in completion percentage (63.7) and touchdown passes (17). While with the Colts, during the 1995–96 NFL playoffs he led the team to the AFC Championship game and came within one dropped Hail Mary pass of taking the Colts to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970. In 1995, he was voted to the Pro Bowl, was named Comeback Player of the Year and AFC Player of the Year, and was runner-up in the NFL MVP voting. With the Colts, Harbaugh completed 746 of 1,230 passes for 8,705 yards and 49 touchdowns and won the NFL passer rating title in 1995 with a rating of 100.7. In January 2005, Harbaugh was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor as one of the most successful and popular players in the club's Indianapolis era.

After a last-place 3–13 record in 1997, Harbaugh was traded to the Baltimore Ravens to make room for 1st overall draft pick Peyton Manning. During the 1998 season, Harbaugh was the starter but would split playing time with Eric Zeier. Then he played two years with the San Diego Chargers. In 1999 he led the Chargers to an 8–8 record, but in 2000 the Chargers finished with a 1–15 record behind Harbaugh and former first-round pick Ryan Leaf. Harbaugh signed with the Detroit Lions prior to the 2001 season, where he was expected to backup incumbent starter Charlie Batch. However, on the eve of the regular season, the Lions cut him and traded for Ty Detmer. Harbaugh then closed out his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers in 2001, where he dressed for 6 games but did not compile any statistics.

For his NFL career, Harbaugh played in 177 league games with 140 starts. He completed 2,305 of 3,918 passes for 26,288 yards with 129 touchdowns. Particularly during his time with Indianapolis - such as when he led the Colts to come-from-behind wins over the Chiefs and Chargers in 1995–96 NFL playoffs and a near upset over the No. 2 AFC seed Steelers - he earned the nickname "Captain Comeback" (the second player to be so nicknamed after Roger Staubach) for his ability to win games in the fourth quarter after overcoming significant point deficits.

Coaching career

During his final eight seasons in the NFL (1994–2001), Harbaugh was an NCAA-certified unpaid assistant coach under his father, Jack, at Western Kentucky University. Serving as an offensive consultant, he scouted and recruited high school student-athletes throughout several states including Florida, Indiana and Illinois. He was involved in recruiting 17 players on WKU's 2002 Division I-AA national champion team. His father was a football coach for 18 years, including 14 years as head coach at WKU.

Harbaugh was an assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2002–2003. In 2002 he was an offensive assistant coach, and in 2003 he was the quarterbacks coach.

Prior to the 2004 season, Harbaugh was named head football coach at the University of San Diego. In his first year, he directed the Toreros to an overall mark of 7–4, including 5 straight wins to end the season. The following year, the team improved to 11–1 and won the 2005 Pioneer Football League Championship. In 2006, USD again went 11–1 winning their second consecutive Pioneer League title in the process.

Harbaugh was named the head football coach at Stanford University in December 2006, replacing Walt Harris. Harbaugh's father, Jack, was Stanford's defensive coordinator from 1980–1981, while Harbaugh attended Palo Alto High School, located directly across the street from Stanford Stadium.[1]

Harbaugh stirred some intra-conference controversy in March 2007, when he was quoted as saying rival-USC coach "Pete Carroll's only got one more year, though. He'll be there one more year. That's what I've heard. I heard it inside the staff." Upon further questions, Harbaugh claimed he had heard it from staff at USC. The comment caused a rebuke from Carroll.[2] At the Pacific-10 Conference media day on July 26, 2007, Harbaugh praised the Trojans, stating "There is no question in my mind that USC is the best team in the country and may be the best team in the history of college football." The declaration, especially in light of his earlier comment, garnered more media attention.[3][4] Later in the season, Stanford defeated #1 USC 24–23 with a touchdown in the final minute. With USC being the favorite by 41 points, it was statistically the greatest upset in college football history.[5][6] Although Stanford lost to USC in 2008, Harbaugh and the Stanford Cardinal upset USC at home again with a score of 55–21 on November 15, 2009.[7] Stanford's 55 points are most ever scored on USC in Trojan history. It was Pete Carroll's first November loss as coach of the Trojans.

In January 2009, Harbaugh was confirmed to have been interviewed by the New York Jets for the head coach position[8], although the job was eventually offered to Rex Ryan.[9]

In 2009, the Cardinal had a comeback season, finishing the regular season at 8–4, finishing #21 in the polls, and receiving an invitation to play in the 2009 Sun Bowl. On December 13, 2009, Harbaugh was rewarded with a three-year contract extension through the 2014 season.[10]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
San Diego Toreros (Pioneer Football League) (2004–2006)
2004 San Diego 7–4 4–1 2nd
2005 San Diego 11–1 4–0 1st
2006 San Diego 11–1 7–0 1st
San Diego: 29–6
Stanford Cardinal (Pacific-10 Conference) (2007–present)
2007 Stanford 4–8 3–6 T-7th
2008 Stanford 5–7 4–5 T-6th
2009 Stanford 8–5 6–3 T-2nd L Sun 21 19
Stanford: 17–20 13–14
Total: 46–26
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


Harbaugh has four children: Jay, (an undergraduate at Oregon State University and a student intern for the Oregon State Beavers football team[11]); another son, and two young daughters. His brother John is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and his brother-in-law, Tom Crean, is head coach of the Indiana University men's basketball team.

He has been very active in Community Service ventures. He has been actively involved with the Harbaugh Hill Foundation, the Riley Hospital, Western Kentucky University, the Jim Harbaugh Foundation, the Uhlich's Children's Home and the Children's Miracle Network.

Harbaugh is co-owner of Panther Racing in the Indy Racing League. The main car for the team carries Harbaugh's old jersey number, 4. When the team won the 2001 and 2002 IRL championship, the team, which had the option of going to #1, chose instead to keep the #4 for its association with Harbaugh's career.

See also


  1. ^ Stanford University (December 18, 2006). "Stanford to Introduce Jim Harbaugh as Head Football Coach". Press release. http://gostanford.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/121806aaa.html. Retrieved 2006-12-19.  
  2. ^ Miller, Ted (April 7, 2007). "Spring look around the Pac-10". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2828014. Retrieved 2007-11-07.  
  3. ^ "Trojans top preseason poll for fifth straight year". Associated Press. July 26, 2007. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2950724. Retrieved 2007-11-07.  
  4. ^ Forde, Pat (July 27, 2007). "Harbaugh declaration delivers Pac-10 jolt". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=2950530&sportCat=ncf. Retrieved 2007-11-07.  
  5. ^ Jake Curtis (October 7, 2007). "Upset for the Ages - Stanford Stunner: The Cardinal, 41-point underdogs, pull off an inconceivable win over No. 2-ranked USC". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/07/MNHDSLOUR.DTL.  
  6. ^ Mark Schlabach (November 16, 2009). "Strong personalities leading teams down the stretch". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/notebook?page=notebook/onthemark0911.  
  7. ^ Klein, Gary (November 14, 2009). "USC's November reign ends with shocking 55–21 loss to Stanford". LATimes.com. http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/usc/la-sp-usc-stanford15-2009nov15,0,2005331.story. Retrieved 2009-11-16.  
  8. ^ Bonjour, Douglas (2009-01-14). "Rumor Roundup: Coaching Search Winding Down". JetsInsider.com. http://www.jetsinsider.com/news.php?storyid=2494. Retrieved 2009-04-27.  
  9. ^ Evans, Simon (2009-01-19). "Jets appoint Rex Ryan as new head coach". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE50I5MM20090120. Retrieved 2009-04-27.  
  10. ^ "Harbaugh, Stanford have 3-year deal". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4738884. Retrieved 2009-12-13.  
  11. ^ Eggers, Kerry (2008-08-25). "This Harbaugh will root for OSU, not Stanford". Portland Tribune. http://www.portlandtribune.com/sports/story.php?story_id=121970145652887100. Retrieved 2008-09-02.  

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Neal Anderson
Bears 1st round draft pick
Succeeded by
Wendell Davis &
Brad Muster
Preceded by
Mike Tomczak
Chicago Bears Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Steve Walsh
Preceded by
Jeff George
Indianapolis Colts Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Peyton Manning
Preceded by
Dan Marino
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
(Co-Award Winner Garrison Hearst)
Succeeded by
Jerome Bettis
Preceded by
Ryan Leaf
San Diego Chargers Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Doug Flutie
Preceded by
Jason DesJarlais
University of San Diego Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Ron Caragher
Preceded by
Walt Harris
Stanford University Head Football Coach

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