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Wade Harman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-10-01) October 1, 1963 (age 56)
Place of birth: Corydon, Iowa
Career information
College: Drake, Utah State
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As coach:
* Minnesota Vikings (1997–1998)
(coaching assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Wade Harman is a NFL coach, who has spent most of his career as a tight end coach for the Baltimore Ravens. He began his NFL coaching career with the Minnesota Vikings. Harman has been coaching for 24 years, 15 of which were in the NFL. Harman is the longest tenured coach in the Baltimore Ravens organization, and the only coach remaining in the organization from the Super Bowl XXXV team.[1]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

1997 SeasonEdit

Harman began his coaching career with a one-year contract as a coaches assistant for the Minnesota Vikings. In his first year with the Vikings, the team went 9-7 in the regular season, winning a Wild Card berth in the playoffs, before losing the divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers.

1998 SeasonEdit

Harman was given a one-year contract extension at the end of the 1997 season, and returned to the Vikings in 1998.[2] The Vikings went 15-1 this year, but lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Conference Championship, becoming the first 15-1 team to not reach the Super Bowl.[3]

Baltimore RavensEdit

1999 SeasonEdit

Herman was not resigned by the Vikings following the 1998 season, and was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens as a tight ends coach.[4]

Shannon Sharpe (2000-2001) and Super Bowl XXXVEdit

From 2000-2001, Harman's main role was coaching tight end Shannon Sharpe. In 2000, Sharpe achieved the longest touchdown pass in NFL history in the AFC Conference Championship.[5] The Ravens would go on to win Super Bowl XXXV. The next year, Sharpe would become the All Time NFL leader in Passes Caught by a Tight End and would earn a spot in the Pro Bowl.

Todd Heap (2002-2010)Edit

Sharpe left the Ravens organization following the 2001 season, and Harman was called upon to prepare tight end Todd Heap to take over the starting tight end position. Heap was the leading receiver on the Ravens that year, with 836 yards.[6] Heap was selected for the 2002 and 2003 Pro Bowl teams.[7] Harman continued to coach Heap until the end of the 2010 season, when he signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

2010-2012 SeasonsEdit

Harman is currently in charge of coaching Ravens 2010 draft picks Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.baltimoreravens.com/People/Coaches/Wade_Harman.aspx
  2. "Transactions" New York Times 22 October 1998. Accessed 25 July 2012.
  3. "Minnesota Vikings" Gopher Football Tickets 25 July 2012.
  4. "Transactions" New York Times 27 January 1999. Accessed 25 July 2012.
  5. "Shannon Sharpe" Pro Football Hall of Fame. 25 July 2012.
  6. "Todd Heap 2002 Game Log" Pro-Football-Reference.com. 25 July 2012.
  7. "Todd Heap Career Stats" Pro-Football-Stats.com. 25 July 2012.
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