Michigan announced Sharon Moore as its new head coach on Friday, replacing Jim Harbaugh, who took over as head coach with the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this week.
Moore served as the Wolverines' offensive coordinator and was the interim head coach for four games last season after Harbaugh was suspended. Moore went 4-0 in those games, including wins over Penn State and Ohio State, helping keep Michigan undefeated in its run to the national championship.
He is the first African American football head coach in Michigan's program.
“I have been preparing my entire coaching career for this opportunity, and I can't think of a better place to be a head coach than the University of Michigan,” Moore said in a statement. “Every day we will do everything we can as a team to continue the legacy of championship football played in Michigan for the past 144 years. Our standards will not change. We will be a smart, tough, reliable, relentless and exciting championship team that loves football and plays with sportsmanship, winged helmets and passion for each other. .
“We will continue to excel off the field, in the classroom and in our communities. I am excited to begin working with our players, coaches and staff in this new role.”
Moore was hired as the tight ends coach at Michigan prior to the 2018 season, having coaching stops at Central Michigan and Louisville before being brought in by Harbaugh. He was named offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator prior to the 2021 season, where the offensive line won the Joe Moore Award for the best offensive line in college football in consecutive seasons.
“Sheron has proven to be a great leader for our football program, especially the offensive line and offensive line of the football,” athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “He's an energetic, fierce and competitive guy who gets the best out of the players he mentors. The players love playing for him and being in the building with him every day.”
Moore was a finalist for the 2023 Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant and now looks to build his own staff as the Wolverines' head coach. It's not yet known if Harbaugh will try to bring any of the current Michigan assistants to the NFL.
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