Over four seasons as the Michigan football team’s head coach, Jim Harbaugh has had no shortage of turnover in assistant coaches during his tenure. In fact, Harbaugh has lost 12 assistant coaches to other roles in just under four offseasons for the Wolverines. Below, we break down all 12 departures, along with some analysis on what they have been up to since.
While 12 assistant coach departures seems high, it is relatively normal among high-major programs. It averages out to three coaching changes per offseason, and when considered that nine of the 12 assistants departed for either higher ranking positions or NFL gigs, it speaks to Michigan’s ability to improve assistant coaches’ resumes. Many of those coaches’ replacements — a list that includes defensive coordinator Don Brown, safeties and special teams coach Chris Partridge, offensive line coach Ed Warinner, linebackers coach Al Washington and tight ends coach Sherrone Moore — have also succeeded, suggesting that turnover can at times be beneficial for Michigan’s long-term success.
Regardless, check out our list below, and be sure to check back with this story and The Michigan Insider on 247Sports.com for assistant-coach changes.