Jim Harbaugh Brother John Harbaugh & Sister Joani Harbaugh

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Jim Harbaugh grew up with an elder brother, John, and a younger sister, Joani Harbaugh.

The Harbaugh siblings were born to their father, Jack, a football coach, and mother, Jacqueline M. Cipiti.

The two brothers became professional coaches, while their sister did not pursue a career in sports.

Nonetheless, the three siblings always supported and got each other’s back.

Jim Harbaugh, A Professional Football Coach And Former Quarterback
Jim Harbaugh, A Professional Football Coach And Former Quarterback (Source: Sports Illustrated)

James Joseph Harbaugh, born December 23, 1963, is a former American quarterback and Michigan Wolverines football coach.

After an impressive collegiate career, he started his professional football career after the Chicago Bears picked him in the first round of the 1987 NFL draft.

In his 14-year-long NFL career, Jim played with the Chicago Bears (1987-1993), Indianapolis Colts (1994-1997), Baltimore Ravens (1998), and San Diego Chargers (1999-2000).

Following his professional playing career as a quarterback, he started working as a quarterback coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2002.

Later, he served as the head coach for several colleges and the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL before taking his current job at Michigan in 2015.

The 2011 NFL Coach of the Year has won several accolades, including the Big Ten Championships (2021, 2022), Big Ten East Division Championships (2018, 2021, 2022) and Big Ten Coach of the Year (2022).

Jim Harbaugh Brother John Harbaugh & Sister Joani Harbaugh

As stated earlier, Jim has an elder brother, John Harbaugh, and a younger sister Joani Harbaugh.

The Harbaugh siblings share a strong bond and are very supportive of one another.

When Jim won the 2021 Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year, John was very proud of his twin brother’s achievement.

While the reporters on Jim’s achievement, John took a shot at reporters who criticized his brother Jim.

He believes that his brother has always been a great coach. “I’m really happy for him [Jim] and the whole staff and players,” John said. “To be the coach of the year in college football… after being written off by so many, is a good feeling.

Brother John Harbaugh Is Also A Coach

John William Harbaugh, born September 23, 1962, is an American football coach and the head coach for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL.

The Pioneer High School alumnus attended Miami University and played football for the varsity football team.

Upon graduation in 1984, he started working as a running backs coach and outside linebackers at Western Michigan.

Jim Harbaugh With His Brother, John Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh With His Brother, John Harbaugh (Source: The Detroit News)

In 1987, he took on the tight ends coach position at the University of Pittsburgh. Later, he worked as a special team coach and coordinator for Morehead State, Cincinnati, and Indiana.

Ending his college coaching journey, John started serving as a special teams coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL in 1998 and later became a defensive backs coach in 2007.

The 2019 AP NFL Coach of the Year was appointed as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and won the XLVII Super Bowl against his brother, Jim’s San Francisco 49ers.

Sister Joani Harbaugh Is Married To A Basketball Coach

Growing up in a family with a football background, she played volleyball and softball but did not pursue any sports professionally.

Jim Harbaugh's Sister, Joani Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh’s Sister, Joani Harbaugh (Source: The New York Times)

Moreover, Joani got married to Tom Crean, a college basketball coach. They share three children, Megan, Riley and Ainsley.

[A fun fact: Crean worked as a basketball assistant at Western Kentucky University, where Joani’s father was the head coach for their football team.]

Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh Suspended

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh alleged recruiting violations during the COVID-19 pandemic dead period.

Amid the investigation, Michigan has self-imposed a three-game suspension for coach Jim Harbaugh.

They were initially working toward a four-game suspension for Harbaugh and one-game suspensions for assistant Sherrone Moore and Grant Newsome.

Following the suspension, the head coach will miss the start of the season against East Carolina, UNLV and Bowling Green.



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