Michigan hires Biff Poggi as associate head coach, special adviser to Jim Harbaugh
Does Jim Harbaugh need advising?
Monday, the Baltimore Sun reported that Michigan has hired former Gilman High School (Baltimore) coach Biff Poggi as an associate head coach and special adviser to Harbaugh. He left the school this January after 19 seasons.
Poggi will not count as a coach and will not work with players or recruit, according to The Sun.
He’ll “advise Harbaugh on strategy and organizational structure,” and according to the job description, will assist with analysis and help the staff prepare game plans, assist with “on-campus recruiting activities,” provide Harbaugh with “suggestions for operational strategies,” provide “organizational management to the head coach, associate athletic director for football, director of football operations,” and coordinate special projects for the program.
Poggi’s son Henry is a senior fullback for the Wolverines. His daughter also goes to school there.
Poggi told The Sun that he’d like to return to Baltimore and high school football one day, but couldn’t pass up an opportunity to learn about the game from a coach like Harbaugh.
“When you’ve been doing something for 30 years, I just went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and I learned that habits are a hard thing to break,” Poggi told The Sun. “I love coaching high school kids, but this was such an opportunity.”