John Harbaugh

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Wins / Losses / Ties Win % Playoff wins / Playoff losses Playoff win % Championship wins
20 176-128-0 57.89% 18-11 62.07% 1

Parents:

Andy Reid

Coaching Tree

Biography

Playing Career

Miami University

John Harbaugh grew up playing football and having the philosophies of the game in his home life with his brother, Jim and his head coach of a father Jack. During his time playing defensive back he earned the Football Scholar Athlete Award as he earned his degree in political science while being an asset to the team. Upon graduating in 1984 he left the area and headed home to finish up working on his master’s degree.

The school has since immortalized him in the form of a bronze statue in the Cradle of Coaches with other graduates and coaching greats such as Bo Schembechler, Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, and Ara Parseghian. He was awarded this honor for graduating from the school and earning his Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers in 2013.

Coaching Career

Western Michigan University

Harbaugh got his start in the coaching world at Western Michigan coaching the running backs and outside linebackers in 1984 under Head Coach Jack Harbaugh, his father. The entire time he coached for the team they had a losing record, with the best record of 5-6 in 1984 and the worst 3-8 in 1986. He left the team after the 1986 season ended upon his graduation and headed for Pittsburgh.

University of Pittsburgh

In 1987 he got his first coaching stint away from his father at the University of Pittsburgh where he took over the tight ends coaching slot. During his season with the team they went 8-4, an improvement on the past two 5-5-1 seasons and made their first bowl game since 1983. He left after the end of the 1987 season for his first job with special teams.

Morehead State University

Harbaugh got his first special teams coaching job in 1988 for Morehead State. He was hired on as a special teams coach and defensive backs coach. In addition to these titles he also added the strength and conditioning coordinator as well.

University of Cincinnati

When 1989 rolled around he started with the Cincinnati Bearcats as the special teams coordinator. He would hold this position throughout his entire time with the school, and add assistant head coach in 1995. In addition to these titles he also helped to coach the tight ends, outside linebackers, running backs and quarterbacks - and even assisted as a recruiting coordinator.

During his eight years with the team he recruited and tutored both the NCAA’s top return man Robert Tate and the second ranked returner Chris Hewitt. In 1993, 1995 and 1996 he was part of the coaching staff that produced the team’s first 3 out of four winning seasons in 20 years. He left the team after the 1996 season in favor of a new job at a new school.

Indiana University

In 1997 Harbaugh was hired on by Indiana University as their new special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach. He left after only one season to enter the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles

When 1998 rolled around Harbaugh got his first break into the NFL scene after being hired on as the Special Teams Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles for Head Coach Andy Reid. He would hold this position until 2006. In 2007, he would move to coaching the secondary for the season. His special teams were not only consistently ranked among the best in the NFL, but from 2000 through 2005 the Eagle’s units were ranked in the Top 10 of The Dallas Morning News’ special teams rankings five out of those six seasons. In 2001 he was voted the NFL’s Special Teams Coach of the year and was also named The Dallas Morning News Special Teams Coach of the Year.

From 1998 through the 2001 season Harbaugh elevated the Eagle’s special teams ranking 29th up to first place. Kicker David Akers joined the team in 1999 where Harbaugh was able to coach him up to three different Pro Bowl appearances. He also coached punter Dirk Johnson to the then-Top 2 punting averages in Eagles history with 38.4 in 2005 and 37.4 in 2004. Under his tutelage, 15 players earned the Special Teams Player of the Week awards. He finally left the team after the 2007 season ended in favor of his first promotion since joining special teams.

Baltimore Ravens

Harbaugh was hired on to be the new head coach of the Baltimore Ravens in 2008. He recorded his first Super Bowl win in 2012, where he coached against the 49ers – with his brother Jim as their head coach. It was the first time in NFL history when two brothers would coach against the other in the Super Bowl.

He is now the only coach in NFL history to win at least one playoff game in six of the seven seasons as a head coach. After the 2014 season he became one of only eight other coaches to make the postseason in six of their first seven seasons coaching in the NFL. He also has the second most playoff victories by any head coach in the first seven seasons of their career since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Because of his success with the team, the Ravens own the second most victories in the NFL since his hire.

History

Year Franchise Position Wins / Losses / Ties Playoff wins / Playoff losses Championship win
2017 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 0-0-0 0-0
2016 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2015 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2014 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 10-6-0 1-1
2013 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2012 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 10-6-0 4-0
2011 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2010 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2009 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 9-7-0 1-1
2008 Baltimore Ravens Head Coach 11-5-0 2-1
2007 Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Backs Coach / Special Teams Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
2006 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Coordinator 10-6-0 1-1
2005 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Coordinator 6-10-0 0-0
2004 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Coordinator 13-3-0 2-1
2003 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
2002 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
2001 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Coordinator 11-5-0 2-1
2000 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Coordinator 11-5-0 1-1
1999 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Coordinator 5-11-0 0-0
1998 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Coordinator 3-13-0 0-0

Fun Facts

  • John Harbaugh is the only coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in his first four seasons.