Jack Harbaugh
Biographical details
Born (1939-06-28) June 28, 1939 (age 81)
Crestline, Ohio
Playing career
Bowling Green
Titans of New York
Position(s)Defensive back, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Eaton HS (OH)
Xenia HS (OH)
Morehead State (assistant)
Bowling Green (assistant)
Iowa (assistant)
Michigan (DB)
Stanford (DC)
Western Michigan
Pittsburgh (assistant)
Western Kentucky
San Diego (RB)
Stanford (RB)
Head coaching record
Overall117–94–3 (.554) (includes forfeit by Temple in 1986)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
As a player
1959 Mid-American Conference Champions
1959 NCAA Division II National Champions
As a coach
1966 Western Ohio League Champions
2000 Ohio Valley Conference Champions
2002 Gateway Football Conference Co-Champions
2002 NCAA FCS National Champions
2002 AFCA Coach of the Year (FCS)

Jack Avon Harbaugh[1] (born June 28, 1939) is a former American football player and coach, and the father of the first pair of brothers to serve as NFL coaches and the first pair of head coaching brothers to face off in a Super Bowl: John and Jim Harbaugh.

Early life and playing careerEdit

Harbaugh was born in Crestline, Crawford County, Ohio, the son of Marie Evelyn (née Fisher) and William Avon Harbaugh.[1] His ancestry includes German and Irish.[1]

Harbaugh played college football for the Bowling Green State University Falcons from 1957–1960, where he was a three-time letterman. In his junior year, the Falcons finished the season 9–0–0 and were named the small college division national champions.[2][3] Harbaugh played professionally for one season, 1961, in the American Football League for the Titans of New York.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Jack Harbaugh began as an assistant coach to Jack Donaldson in Perrysburg, Ohio, southwest of Toledo. (Donaldson later went on to coach the University of Toledo and in the NFL.) Both sons were born while Harbaugh was in Perrysburg. In 1964, Harbaugh was the head coach of Eaton High School football team in Eaton, Ohio. His record was 5-4-1, their first winning season in many years. In 1965 the team went 6-4. In 1966, Harbaugh was the head coach of the Xenia High School football team in Xenia, Ohio. His record for the one year that he coached was 8–1–1.[5]

From 1982–1986, he served as the head football coach at Western Michigan University and compiled a 26–26–3 record. From 1989–2002, he was the head football coach at Western Kentucky University and posted a 91–68 record, including three 10-win seasons during his tenure with the Hilltoppers. His 2002 squad won the NCAA Division I-AA national football championship.

After leaving Western Kentucky, Harbaugh served as an associate athletic director at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where his son-in-law, Tom Crean, was the head coach of the men's basketball team.

Harbaugh has also served as an assistant coach at Morehead State University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of San Diego. Harbaugh retired in 2006, but served as Stanford's running backs coach in the 2009 Sun Bowl under his son, Jim. Jack filled in for Willie Taggart, who had recently been hired as the new head football coach at WKU.

Personal lifeEdit

Harbaugh married his wife, Jacqueline M. "Jackie" (Cipiti), in 1961. Their two sons, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (himself a former NFL quarterback), are the first pair of brothers to serve as head coaches in NFL history:[6] Both brothers coached their teams in a game unofficially nicknamed the 'Harbaugh Bowl' on Thanksgiving Day, 2011, one day before Jack and Jackie's 50th wedding anniversary. They faced each other again in a second 'Harbaugh Bowl' when Baltimore beat San Francisco February 3, 2013 at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans by a score of 34-31.[7] Their daughter Joani's husband, Tom Crean, is the head basketball coach for the Indiana University Hoosiers. Jack and Jackie Harbaugh settled in Mequon, Wisconsin when he took the position as Associate Athletic Director for Marquette University in Milwaukee.[8] Harbaugh is a member of the Bowling Green State University chapter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Western Michigan Broncos (Mid-American Conference) (1982–1986)
1982 Western Michigan 7–2–2 5–2–2 2nd
1983 Western Michigan 6–5 4–5 6th
1984 Western Michigan 5–6 3–6 T-8th
1985 Western Michigan 4–6–1 4–4–1 T-4th
1986 Western Michigan 3–8 3–5 8th
Western Michigan: 25–27–3 19–22–3
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Independent) (1989–1998)
1989 Western Kentucky 6–5
1990 Western Kentucky 2–8
1991 Western Kentucky 3–8
1992 Western Kentucky 4–6
1993 Western Kentucky 8–3
1994 Western Kentucky 5–6
1995 Western Kentucky 2–8
1996 Western Kentucky 7–4
1997 Western Kentucky 10–2 L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
1998 Western Kentucky 7–4
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Ohio Valley Conference) (1999–2000)
1999 Western Kentucky 6–5 4–3 T-3rd
2000 Western Kentucky 11–2 7–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Gateway Football Conference) (2001–2002)
2001 Western Kentucky 8–4 5–2 T-2nd L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
2002 Western Kentucky 12–3 6–1 T-1st W NCAA Division I-AA Championship
Western Kentucky: 91–68 22–6
Total: 116–95–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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