Earlier this year, it was announced that Brady Hoke will formally be referred to as the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach after the position was endowed by the Harris family with a $10 million gift.
Three months later, the same thing’s happening at offensive coordinator.
Moving forward, UM announced Thursday, Doug Nussmeier will be referred to as the Sanford Robertson Offensive Coordinator. Sanford Robertson, an alum of the school, donated $3 million to have his name attached to the coaching position.
“I am humbled and honored to be at a school where alumni like Sandy care so deeply about the commitment to being leaders and best and developing our student-athletes,” Nussmeier, entering his first year as the Wolverines’ coordinator, said in a statement. “This is what makes Michigan so special, and I am grateful to be a part of it.”
While Michigan is the latest to endow coaching positions, they’re far from the first — or the last.
At Stanford, an endowment led to the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football, the official title of head coach David Shaw. An anonymous donor also endowed the offensive coordinator position in honor of former Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck.
In a report from August of 2012, the New York Times notes that Rutgers, Duke and Texas Tech are all seeking endowments for their respective head football coaching jobs. Another? UM’s in-state rival Michigan State. For the low, low price of “just” $5 million, a donor can endow MSU’s head football or basketball coach. Another $500,000 would endow an assistant coaching position.