Jim Harbaugh hires son, Jay

ByAdam Rittenberg ESPN logo
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has hired his son, Jay, to be the Wolverines' tight ends coach and assistant special teams coordinator.

Jay Harbaugh, 25, spent the past three seasons working for theBaltimore Ravens, serving as an offensive quality control coach during the 2014 season. Harbaugh's uncle, John, isthe Ravens' head coach.

"Jay gathered a wealth of experience the last three seasons coaching in the NFL and I am excited to have him join our coaching staff," Jim Harbaugh said in a prepared statement. "His passion for teaching the game is at the highest level and he will be an asset to our team."

Jay Harbaugh likely will be the youngest full-time assistant coach in the Big Ten in 2015. Jim Harbaugh becomes the second Big Ten coach to hire his son to his staff, asIowa'sKirk Ferentz hired his son, Brian, as an assistant in 2012.

"It is an amazing opportunity and privilege to coach football at one of the premier universities in the world," Jay Harbaugh said in a prepared statement. "I'm ecstatic about being in Ann Arbor, and to be a part of building something special with the great people in our program."

Jay Harbaugh served as an undergraduate assistant at Oregon State during his time as a student at the school.

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