Stanford Agrees to Terms With Head Coach Jim Harbaugh on Contract Extension

Dec. 13, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University has agreed to terms with Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football and Head Coach Jim Harbaugh on a three-year contract extension through the 2014 season, Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby announced today.

Harbaugh, 45, has guided Stanford to a cumulative 17-19 record in his three seasons on The Farm, including a final 8-4 mark this season. His overall record as a head coach, which includes five seasons at the University of San Diego, stands at 46-25.

Stanford has improved its win total in each of the last three seasons under Harbaugh. After finishing 1-11 in 2006, the Cardinal posted a 4-8 overall mark and a 3-6 record in Pac-10 play in 2007, including an epic, 24-23 upset win over second-ranked USC.

In Harbaugh's second season in 2008, Stanford improved by one more game in the win column to finish 5-7 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10 Conference.

In 2009, Stanford posted its first winning season since the 2001 campaign, as the Cardinal finished the regular season with an 8-4 overall mark and tied for second in the Pac-10 with a 6-3 record. The Cardinal also earned its first bowl berth since 2001, accepting an invitation to the Brut Sun Bowl where it will meet Oklahoma on Dec. 31.

Stanford also posted a 3-0 record against teams ranked in the Top 25 this season, defeating No. 24 Washington, No. 7 Oregon and No. 11 USC and have been ranked in the Associated Press' Top 25 poll for four weeks, peaking at No. 14.

The 2009 Cardinal set single-season school records for points scored and rushing yardage, paced by Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart.

Stanford's 2009 recruiting class, which included 10 high school All-Americans, was recognized as one of the best in the nation by various outlets.

For the last two years, Stanford's football program has received the highest Academic Progress Rating among Football Bowl Subdivision programs over a four-year period beginning in 2004-05. This season, Stanford placed 18 players on the Pac-10's All-Academic team, including eight first team selections.

'I am proud and thankful that Stanford University and Bob Bowlsby have entrusted me with the opportunity to represent this great university as its football coach,' said Harbaugh. 'I am committed to the Stanford model of striving for academic and athletic excellence. These past three years have convinced me that Stanford will win on the football field and continue to graduate young men who will be leaders in their chosen fields.'

'The associations developed with our administration, faculty and staff along with the parents and young men we have and are presently recruiting will make the Stanford model the benchmark for academic and athletic achievement.'

'Jim and his staff have done an extraordinary job of revitalizing our football program,' said Bowlsby. 'I am very excited to have Jim leading our efforts in the years ahead. Coach Harbaugh has energized our recruiting, improved competitiveness in all phases of the game and brought fun back to Stanford Football. Most notably, the rejuvenation has taken place while maintaining the highest graduation rates in Division 1-A football.'

'The Stanford football program has made impressive progress under Jim Harbaugh's leadership,' said Stanford University President John Hennessy. 'We are proud of the advances made by our scholar athletes. We are committed to continuity and stability in our football program, and to continuing the upward trajectory provided by Jim and the entire coaching staff.'

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