February 21, 2024
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines embraces QB J.J. McCarthy (9) as they have fun profitable the nationwide championship in opposition to Washington on Jan. 8 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. (Picture by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire)

The Los Angeles Chargers, who completed the 2023 season with a 5-12 document, on Wednesday introduced the hiring of Jim Harbaugh because the group’s subsequent coach.

Harbaugh, 60, gained school soccer’s nationwide championship Jan. 8 with Michigan, his alma mater, the place he had been head coach since 2015. This marks his return to the NFL; he coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14, taking the group to the 2013 Tremendous Bowl.

He additionally had a neighborhood cease, serving as head coach on the College of San Diego earlier than departing for Stanford after the 2006 season.

As well as, the previous quarterback performed for six groups, together with the Chargers, then nonetheless in San Diego, from 1999-2000.

Crew proprietor and chairman Dean Spanos, in an announcement, referred to as Harbaugh “soccer personified,” including that “I can consider nobody higher to steer the Chargers ahead.”

“The son of a coach, brother of a coach and father of a coach who himself was coached by names like Schembechler and Ditka, for the previous 20 years Jim has led tons of of males to success in all places he’s been — as their coach. And at this time, Jim Harbaugh returns to the Chargers, this time as our coach. Who has it higher than us?” Spanos stated.

Harbaugh, within the assertion, stated he would “at all times be a loyal Wolverine,” and named numerous his profession stops – as assistant coach at Western Kentucky alongside his father, Jack, time as an assistant with the Raiders and his stints as a head coach, saying “every of these alternatives carried significance, every felt private.”

“After I performed for the Chargers, the Spanos household couldn’t have been extra gracious or extra welcoming,” he stated. “Being again right here appears like dwelling, and it’s nice to see that these issues haven’t modified.”

Harbaugh’s championship season with Michigan was marred by a pair of three-game suspensions he served. The primary was a self-imposed suspension at the start of the season for alleged recruiting violations, whereas the second got here on the finish of the season as a result of a Huge Ten sign-stealing probe.

The NCAA’s investigation into the latter continues, with Michigan and Harbaugh nonetheless going through attainable sanctions.

Harbaugh’s brother, John, is head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, the AFC’s high seed and a Tremendous Bowl favourite this yr.

Harbaugh will exchange Brandon Staley, who was fired in mid-December because the Chargers season unraveled; normal supervisor Tom Telesco additionally misplaced his job.

Staley, employed by the Chargers in 2021, had a document of 24- 24. Telesco has been the overall supervisor since 2013, when the group was nonetheless in San Diego.

The Chargers have had excessive expectations since quarterback Justin Herbert took over the offense, however the group has persistently under-performed. The group has not appeared in a playoff sport since 2018.

In his assertion Wednesday, Harbaugh acknowledged the struggles, saying “we all know we’ve received to earn our approach.”

“This group is placing within the work — investing capital, constructing infrastructure and doing every thing inside its energy to win. Nice effort equals nice outcomes, and we’re simply getting began.”

— Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.