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Jay Harbaugh officially announced as tight ends and assistant special teams coach

The Michigan football program formally announced the hire of Jay Harbaugh on Tuesday.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR -- One of the more surprising coaching hires of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh's short tenure with the program became official today.

U-M officially announced on Tuesday that Jay Harbaugh, son of the head coach, has been named tight ends and assistant special teams coach for the football program.

"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 the elder Harbaugh in a statement. "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."

Before agreeing to join U-M, Harbaugh spent three seasons with his uncle John, Baltimore Ravens head coach, as an offensive quality control assistant. He also spent four seasons as an undergraduate assistant under Mike Riley at Oregon State.

"It is an amazing opportunity and privilege to coach football at one of the premier universities in the world," the younger Harbaugh said in a statement. "I'm ecstatic about being in Ann Arbor, and to be a part of building something special with the great people in our program."