Greg Jackson

Michigan announces hire of secondary coach

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Jim Harbaugh‘s initial staff at the University of Michigan is coming together nicely.

The school announced the hiring of Greg Jackson Wednesday as the team’s new secondary coach. Jackson will join defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive assistant Greg Mattison, who previously served as the team’s defensive coordinator.

Unlike the previous two hires, Jackson served on Harbaugh’s staff with the San Francisco 49ers.

“I got to know Coach Jackson as a player with the San Diego Chargers, and since that time I have been impressed by his approach to the game and his leadership,” Harbaugh said in a statement released by the school. “He has a proven track record working with elite NFL defensive backs and is very familiar with the Big Ten landscape. Our young men with the desire to play at the next level and the right work ethic will benefit from Greg’s approach and ability. I am excited to have him a part of the Michigan family.”

Before joining Harbaugh in the Bay Area, Jackson was an assistant coach with Wisconsin Badgers. He spent one season in Madison before leaping at the chance to coach at the NFL level.

Jackson, who played 12 years in the NFL, is now thrilled to return to a prominent job at a major collegiate program.

“I am very excited to be here at the University of Michigan,” Jackson said. “I have always known this is a special place, so when Coach Harbaugh asked me to join his staff there was no way I was going to pass up this tremendous opportunity. This school has it all, both academics and athletics that are steeped in tradition. I can’t wait to get to work with our student-athletes.”

The new secondary coach will now have the pleasure of coaching a talented group of defensive backs that includes Blake Countess, Jabrill Peppers, and Jarrod Wilson.