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Jack Harbaugh

Inducted in 2009


Picture of Jack Harbaugh Jack graduated from Crestline high school in 1957. He was a quarterback in football, lettering four years and all-Ohio his senior year. Jack played baseball as a shortstop and lettered four years and also made all-Ohio his senior year. He played basketball as a forward and earned two letters.

After Jack graduated from Crestline, he attended Bowling Green State in Ohio. While at Bowling Green he earned his B.S. in 1961 and his master's degree in 1964. Jack played football as a defensive back and quarterback. His senior year he made all-conference. He also played baseball at the college level earning two letters. Jack was a buffalo bills draft pick in 1961.

Harbaugh’s coaching experience began at Canton Ohio Elementary, he coached basketball and track from 1961-1962. Perrysburg high school in Ohio as assistant football coach from 1962-1963. Eaton high school in Ohio as head football coach in 1966. Morehead state as an assistant coach in 1967. He went on to Blowing Green state as an assistant coach from 1968-1970. He left there to become assistant coach at Iowa from 1971-1972. Jack was an assistant coach at Michigan from 1978-1979. He moved onto Stanford university as an assistant from 1980-1981. Jack became head football coach at western Michigan University in 1982-1986. He became head assistant football coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 1987-1988. Jack became head football coach at Western Kentucky University in 1989 and during his stay at University he won first national championship in any sport. Jack Harbaugh was inducted into the Kentucky athletic hall of fame. He had seven straight winning seasons and two conference champions.

Jack’s family includes wife Jackie, son Jim, who quarterbacked for the San Diego Chargers & Indianapolis Colts of the NFL and is currently the head coach at the University of Stanford. His son Jon was the assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and now the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. His daughter Joani is an elementary school teacher and her husband Tom Crean was a former head basketball coach at Marquette University where Jack Harbaugh was an associate Athletic Director. Tom Crean is at Indiana University as the basketball coach. Jack hired as a backfield coach for the University of Stanford for the Bowl game.

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