Stanford To Introduce Jim Harbaugh As Head Football Coach
Dec. 18, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford University will introduce Jim Harbaugh as its new head football coach at a press conference to be held on the Stanford campus Tuesday at 2:00 pm, PDT.
Harbaugh has spent the last three seasons (2004-06) as the head coach at the University of San Diego, leading the Toreros to Division I-AA Mid-Major national titles each of the past two campaigns. Harbaugh posted a three-year overall record of 29-6 at San Diego, including 11-1 campaigns each of the past two seasons and an impressive 18-game win streak.
He played for five teams over 15 seasons (1987-2001) as a quarterback in the National Football League after entering the NFL as a first round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1987. Harbaugh's NFL playing career was highlighted by his 1995 season when he led the Indianapolis Colts to the AFC Championship game while earning AFC Player of the Year and NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors during a Pro Bowl campaign. He passed for 26,288 yards and 129 touchdowns during his professional career, completing 2,305 of 3,918 passes.
Harbaugh began his coaching career while still playing in the NFL as an assistant coach under his father, Jack, at Western Kentucky University for eight seasons from 1994-2001. He also spent two seasons (2002-03) as the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders with the team reaching the Super Bowl in his first campaign.
He spent his collegiate playing days at the University of Michigan and led the Wolverines to three bowl games as a player. As a senior in 1986, he guided Michigan to a No. 2 national ranking while earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors and finishing third in the Heisman balloting.
Harbaugh has local ties to Stanford with his father spending two seasons (1980-81) as the school's defensive coordinator and Jim playing two years of prep football at nearby Palo Alto High School.