From the Black Bears to Golden Gophers, Joe Harasymiak is making the move up to the big-boy level of college football.
Following up on reports that surfaced earlier in the day, Minnesota officially announced Thursday afternoon that P.J. Fleck has added Harasymiak to his Gophers coaching staff. Harasymiak’s position hasn’t been specifically defined, although he will work somewhere on the defensive side of the ball.
Harasymiak has spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Maine. This past year, Harasymiak guided the Black Bears to the best season in the FCS program’s history, posting a 10-4 record and earning a spot in the national playoff semifinals. It was the school’s first-ever semifinals appearance.
Prior to being named head coach, Harasymiak spent five years at Maine as an assistant — first as defensive backs coach (2011-13) and then as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach (2014-15). A 2008 graduate of Springfield College, Harasymiak embarked on his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant.
This will mark Harasymiak’s first-ever job at the FBS level.