The file on Jim Harbaugh
University of Michigan (1983-1986)
Jim Harbaugh was a four-year letterman at the University of Michigan under coach Bo Schembechler, playing from 1983-1986. Harbaugh played two full seasons as a starter in 1985 and 1986, combining for 28 passing touchdowns to 17 interceptions in the Big 10. He earned a B.A. in Communications from the school's College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
Chicago Bears (1987-93)
The Chicago Bears selected Jim Harbaugh in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft, taking him 26th overall. He played for legendary head coach Mike Ditka. Harbaugh threw 50 touchdowns and 56 interceptions for the Bears, finishing his tenure in Chicago with a 35-30 record (.538).
Indianapolis Colts (1994-97)
In April of 1994, Jim Harbaugh signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an unrestricted free agent. The following season, he experienced career highs in completion percentage (63.7), passer rating (100.7) and touchdown passes (17) in a season. Harbaugh also led the Colts to the AFC title game that year.
Baltimore Ravens (1998)
In February of 1998, the Indianapolis Colts traded Jim Harbaugh to the Baltimore Ravens for third- and fourth-round draft picks in that year's draft. He went 5-7 under center, throwing 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 293 attempts.
San Diego Chargers (1999-2000)
Jim Harbaugh joined San Diego in 1999, playing two years with the Chargers, during which time he went 6-11, including 0-5 in his only five starts in 2000. Harbaugh threw 18 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in his tenure with the Bolts.
Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers (2001)
Jim Harbaugh signed with the Detroit Lions prior to the 2001 season, but was cut before Week 1. The 14-year NFL vet then signed with the Carolina Panthers. He dressed for six games but never saw action.
Western Kentucky Assistant Coach (1994-2001)
Jim Harbaugh was an assistant coach at the University of Western Kentucky, working with brother, John, and father Jack Harbaugh. He worked on the recruiting and offensive side, and even began his unpaid apprenticeship while he was still playing quarterback in the National Football League.
Oakland Raiders QB coach (2002-03)
In 2002, Jim Harbaugh was hired as a quarterback coach for the Oakland Raiders, working for then coach Bill Callahan. Harbaugh coached starting quarterback Rich Gannon, who led the Raiders to a Super Bowl appearance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won the 2002 AP NFL MVP award.
University of San Diego (2004-2006)
Jim Harbaugh's first head coaching job in college or the pros was with the San Diego Toreros. Harbaugh turned the program around by going 7-4 in his first season, including five straight wins to end on a high note. In 2005 and 2006, the team went 22-2 overall under his direction and won back-to-back Pioneer League titles.
Stanford University (2007-2010)
Jim Harbaugh was named head coach at the Stanford University in December 2006. In his first season, Stanford went 4-8. They improved to 5-7 the following year, and then 8-5 the year after that with a 31-27 loss in the Sun Bowl. In Harbaugh's final season in 2010, the Cardinal went 12-1 with starting quarterback Andrew Luck and won the Orange Bowl in a 40-12 blowout of Virginia Tech.
San Francisco 49ers (2011-Present)
In 2011, Jim Harbaugh was hired to coach the San Francisco 49ers by owner Jed York after being handpicked by newly named general manager Trent Baalke. In his introductory press conference, Harbaugh described his next venture as "the perfect competitive opportunity..."
49ers: Season I
In his debut season as 49ers head coach, in what was a shortened offseason due to a league-wide lockout, Jim Harbaugh worked wonders with a San Francisco roster that was widely overlooked, most notably quarterback Alex Smith. The team finished 13-3 after finishing 6-10 the year prior. The 49ers made it the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and defeated Drew Brees and the powerhouse New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoffs before falling to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the NFC title.
49ers: Season II
In Jim Harbaugh's sophomore campaign, the 49ers finished 11-4-1 despite making a quarterback change. After Alex Smith was concussed on a hit from St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, the team forged ahead with 2011 second-round pick Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers rode the multi-talented Kaepernick to a Super Bowl, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens, a team coached by Jim Harbaugh's brother, John.
49ers: Season III
Riding a wave of momentum generated by Jim Harbaugh's groundwork laid in 2011, the 49ers finished their 2013 campaign at 12-4 and wound up in their third consecutive NFC Championship game. The 49ers would play their divisional rival, the Seattle Seahawks, and lose 23-17 on the road.
Bringing in NFL talent
Of the notable players drafted under Jim Harbaugh, the list includes: quarterback Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), fullback Bruce Miller (Central Florida), linebacker Aldon Smith (Mizzou), running back Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State), cornerback Chris Culliver (South Carolina), offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore (Appalachian State), safety Eric Reid (LSU), linebacker Chris Borland (Wisconsin), defensive tackle Tank Carradine (Florida State), wide receiver Bruce Ellington (South Carolina), running back Carlos Hyde (Ohio State) and linebacker Aaron Lynch (South Florida).
'Mutually agreed to part ways'
Following the 49ers' 20-17 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, the organization issued a press release stating, "The San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh mutually agreed to part ways." 49ers CEO/Owner Jed York said, "Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions. We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best."