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Brian Jean-Mary and Bob Shoop are the newest members of Michigan's coaching staff.
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Bob Shoop and Brian Jean-Mary join Michigan coaching staff; Jay Harbaugh promoted to special teams coordinator


Michigan has officially introduced two new defensive assistants to the staff. Brian Jean-Mary and Bob Shoop were added to the defensive side of the coaching staff on Saturday as Michigan continues to retool its coaching staff this offseason.

According to the release from Michigan on Saturday, Shoop will take on the role of safeties coach for the Wolverines. Jean-Mary will serve as linebackers coach. In addition, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh promoted his son, Jay Harbaugh, to special teams coordinator. Harbaugh will continue to coach the running backs as well.

“I am excited about the addition of Brian and Bob to our defensive coaching staff,” said Harbaugh. “Brian and Bob are well-respected, experienced coaches who represent great fits for the University of Michigan. Both coaches have experience coordinating some of the best defenses in the country, and their development of all-conference and future NFL players throughout their careers will benefit our program and student-athletes. Michigan Football looks forward to having Brian, Bob and their families join the University family.”

Jean-Mary joins the Michigan program after three seasons with former USF head coach Charlie Strong at USF. Jean-Mary has been a longtime assistant under Strong, coaching with Strong at Louisville and Texas prior to USF.

Shoop previously was the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State. This will mark a return to the Big Ten for Shoop. Shoop previously coached at Penn State under James Franklin. Shoop went to Penn State with Franklin after three seasons at Vanderbilt. Shoop left Penn State for Tennessee after the 2015 season and coached the Vols defense for two seasons for former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones. Shoop and Penn State also carried on a bit of a legal squabble over Shoop’s contract and his exit from the Nittany Lions. Shoop took a job at Mississippi State when Joe Moorhead was hired (in the same coaching carousel that saw a coaching change at Tennessee and the hiring of Jeremy Pruitt, a former defensive coordinator himself).

Michigan staff keeps it all in the family with addition of TE coach Jay Harbaugh


Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh added one more coach to his staff in Ann Arbor by plucking an assistant from his brother, John Harbaugh, and the Baltimore Ravens. The whole move is a family affair, because the new tight ends coach at Michigan is also Jim Harbaugh’s son, Jay Harbaugh. Jay Harbaugh will also serve as Michigan’s assistant special teams coach.

“Jay gathered a wealth of experience the last three seasons coaching in the NFL and I am excited to have him join our coaching staff,” said Jim Harbaugh in a statement released by Michigan Tuesday morning. “His passion for teaching the game is at the highest level and he will be an asset to our team. He did a phenomenal job in Baltimore and will do an excellent job mentoring our tight ends.”

The younger Harbaugh spent three years as an assistant with the Ravens. His duties ranged from statistical analysis to scouting to video and weight work.

The addition of Jay Harbaugh strengthens the idea Michigan hopes to capitalize on NFL coaching experience in recruiting efforts. The Wolverines are lagging in a year of coaching transition when it comes to recruiting with just a few weeks to work.

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.): Michigan has also hired Mike Zordich to be the team’s secondary coach.