Harbaughs Reunite for Sun Bowl

Dec. 14, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.-- Father and son are reunited again as Jack Harbaugh, who has over four decades of coaching experience, will serve as the interim running backs coach for his son, Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, in their Brut Sun Bowl game on New Year's Eve against Oklahoma.

“I am really excited for our football team, especially the running backs, that they get to spend at least three weeks with Jack Harbaugh as their coach,” said the younger Harbaugh on his father. “He is the best coach that I know.”

This is the third time the Harbaughs will be on the same coaching staff. Previously, Jack was the head coach at Western Kentucky and Jim served as his NCAA-certified unpaid assistant from 1994 to 2001; while in 2004, Jack was the offensive assistant for Jim during his first season at the University of San Diego.

The elder Harbaugh is a veteran of 43 years of coaching experience, including 38 at the collegiate level at nine different schools, including Stanford as the team's defensive coordinator under Paul Wiggin in 1980 and 1981.

He was a head coach at Western Michigan from 1982 to 1986, going 26-26-3 and at WKU, where he was 91-68, which included three, 10-win seasons. He has an overall record of 117–94–3 (.554).

Western Kentucky was the I-AA National Champions in 2002, going 12-3, and earning Jack the national American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) coach of the years honors. He also served as an associate athletics director at Marquette from 2003 to 2008.

Western Kentucky is where former running backs coach, Willie Taggart, took a head coaching job in November, opening up a spot on the coaching staff for the team's first bowl game since 2001.

Jim Harbaugh is in his third season as head coach at Stanford. His brother, John, is the head coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

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