American Football Wiki
John Harbaugh
John Harbaugh
Harbaugh on the sideline during a Ravens game in Sept. 2021.
Baltimore Ravens
Position:  Head coach
Personal information
Born:  September 23 1962 (1962-09-23) (age 61)
 Toledo, Ohio
Career information
High school:  Pioneer
 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
College:  Miami (OH)
Position:  Defensive back
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 1x Super Bowl Champion
  • AP NFL Coach of the Year (2019)
  • PFWA Coach of the Year (2019)
Coaching statistics
Overall record:  137-88-0 (.609)
Best record  14-2 (2019)
Titles  1 (XLVII)

stats updated: 4/24/22

Coaching stats: PFR

John Harbaugh (born September 23, 1962) is an American professional football coach currently serving as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. Harbaugh played college football at Miami (Ohio) as a Defensive back.

Previously, Harbaugh coached the defensive backs for the Philadelphia Eagles[1] and served as the Eagles special teams coach for nine years. Harbaugh and his younger brother, former San Francisco 49ers and now University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, are the first pair of brothers in NFL history to serve as head coaches. Jack Harbaugh, Jim and John's father, served 45 years as a college defensive coach, an assistant coach, and a running backs coach.[2] John and the Ravens beat his brother, Jim, and the 49ers at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on February 3, 2013 by a score of 34-31.

He has led the Ravens to 95 wins (including playoffs) since his tenure began in 2008, fourth most in the NFL over that span, and has surpassed Brian Billick for the most wins by a head coach in Baltimore Ravens franchise history. His 10 playoff wins are the second most by any head coach in the NFL since 2008. Outside winning Super Bowl XLVII, Harbaugh has guided the Ravens to four AFC North division championships and three AFC Championship appearances.

Early life[]

Harbaugh was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Jacqueline M. "Jackie" (née Cipiti) and Jack Avon Harbaugh.[3] His mother is of half-Sicilian and half-Polish descent, and his father has Irish and German ancestry.[3]

Harbaugh graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during which time father Jack was an assistant under Bo Schembechler at the nearby University of Michigan. Harbaugh attended college at Miami University, where he graduated in 1984.[4]

Coaching career[]


Harbaugh worked as an assistant at Western Michigan (1984–1987), Pitt (1987), Morehead State (1988), Cincinnati (1989–1996), and Indiana (1997).


Philadelphia Eagles assistant[]

He was first hired in the NFL in 1998 by the Philadelphia Eagles' then head coach Ray Rhodes, and was one of four assistant coaches retained by new head coach Andy Reid in 1999. As such, he is in the Sid Gillman coaching tree. In 2004, he was mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Gary Darnell as the head football coach at Western Michigan, where he had earned a master's degree and was an assistant football coach from 1984–1987.

In 2007, after serving as Eagles' special-teams coach for nine years, he became their defensive-backs coach. This fulfilled his request to head coach Reid and improved his chances of landing a head coaching job, since executives at that time viewed special teams coaches as unqualified to move up to head coach.

Baltimore Ravens head coach[]

On January 19, 2008, Harbaugh was appointed the third-ever head coach of the Baltimore Ravens after Jason Garrett, the team's first choice, decided to stay with the Dallas Cowboys after receiving a raise and a promotion to assistant head coach.[5] He was not considered one of the favorites for the position because he had no head coaching experience at any level and had never been an offensive or defensive coordinator in the NFL.[6] He impressed team owner Steve Bisciotti and Vice President of Player Personnel/General Manager Ozzie Newsome. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick also recommended Harbaugh to Bisciotti by phone during the interview process.[7]

On January 23, 2008, Harbaugh hired longtime NFL offensive coach (and former head coach) Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator. (Cameron had previously hired Harbaugh as an assistant at Indiana.) Cameron was also quarterbacks coach for John's brother, Jim, during their time at Michigan. On September 7, 2008, in his debut as a head coach, John and his Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals.

In his first season as a head coach, Harbaugh guided the Ravens to an 11–5 regular season record, good enough to qualify them for the playoffs as a wild card team. In the playoffs, he led the team to upset victories over the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.

Head coaching record[]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BAL 2008 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC North 2 1 .667 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Championship Game
BAL 2009 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC North 1 1 1.000 Lost to Indianapolis Colts in AFC Divisional Game
BAL 2010 12 4 0 .750 2nd in AFC North 1 1 1.000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game
BAL 2011 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC North 1 1 1.000 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game
BAL 2012 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC North 4 0 1.000 Won Super Bowl XLVII
BAL 2013 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC North
BAL 2014 10 6 0 .625 3rd in AFC North 1 1 1.000 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Divisional Game
BAL 2015 5 11 0 .313 3rd in AFC North
BAL 2016 8 8 0 .500 2nd in AFC North
BAL 2017 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC North
BAL 2018 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Los Angeles Chargers in AFC Wild Card Game
BAL 2019 14 2 0 .875 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Tennessee Titans in AFC Divisional Game
BAL 2020 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC North 1 1 .500 Lost to Buffalo Bills in AFC Divisional Game
Total 129 79 0 .620 11 8 .579

Coaching tree[]

NFL head coaches under whom Harbaugh has served:

Coach Team Year(s)
Ray Rhodes Philadelphia Eagles 1998
Andy Reid Philadelphia Eagles 1999–2007

Assistant coaches under Harbaugh who have become NFL head coaches:

Coach Team(s) Year(s)
Rex Ryan New York Jets, Buffalo Bills 2009–2016
Hue Jackson Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns 2011, 2016–2018
Chuck Pagano Indianapolis Colts 2012–2017
Jim Caldwell Detroit Lions 2014–2017
Gary Kubiak Denver Broncos 2015–2016
Mike Pettine Cleveland Browns 2014–2015

Personal life[]

Harbaugh is a devout Roman Catholic.[8][9] He is married to Ingrid Harbaugh, and they have one daughter.[10]

Harbaugh's younger brother, Jim, a former NFL quarterback and head coach, is the current head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines. Their father, Jack, is a former head football coach at Western Michigan University and Western Kentucky University. John's sister, Joani, is married to Tom Crean, head men's basketball coach at University of Georgia.[11] John was roommates with the late Brian Pillman of WCW & WWE fame while in college at Miami of Ohio.


External links[]