Marquette Names Jack Harbaugh Associate Athletics Director
June 1, 2003
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University has announced the appointment of Jack Harbaugh to the position of Associate Athletics Director. His responsibilities will encompass a wide range of athletic-related community activities and public relations.
"I have known about Jack Harbaugh for some time and personally a little over four years," Marquette Athletics Director Bill Cords stated. "We actually tried to hire him away last summer from his head football coaching position at Western Kentucky. Fortunately for them, he remained there and led the program to the 2002 NCAA I-AA Football national championship. When he announced his retirement from coaching, I contacted him right away.
"Jack is a leader with great vision, integrity and a tremendous work ethic, all of which has taken those he has worked for and with to the highest levels of success. He brings a lot of outstanding qualities to our program and the Marquette family."
Harbaugh enjoyed a 41-year coaching career - 36 of those in the college ranks - and spent the past 14 seasons at Western Kentucky where he led the program to a 91-68 record that included four NCAA I-AA playoff berths in the last six years. In 2002, Harbaugh guided WKU to a 12-3 won-lost ledger and the NCAA I-AA national championship. For his efforts, he was selected the American Football Coaches Association national Coach of the Year. Prior to his tenure at Western Kentucky, he served as the head football coach at Western Michigan for five years. In addition, he had been an assistant coach at Pittsburgh, Michigan, Iowa, Stanford, Bowling Green and Morehead State.
"I am excited to be here at Marquette and to be working with the tremendous team assembled here led by university president Father Wild and Bill Cords," Harbaugh said. "I look forward to contributing anyway I can to the successful athletic operation at Marquette."
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