OXFORD, Ohio - Super Bowl champion coach JOHN HARBAUGH, a 1984 graduate of Miami University, will be inducted into the Cradle of Coaches Association and immortalized with a statue at Yager Stadium's Cradle of Coaches Plaza, Director of Athletics David Sayler announced today (Feb. 26).
Harbaugh's bronze, full-body image will depict him on the sidelines as coach of the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens. Both the statue and the Association induction will occur in early 2014.
The statue of Harbaugh will join the existing Cradle of Coaches statues of Earl "Red" Blaik, Paul Brown, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel, Wilbur "Weeb" Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Glenn "Bo" Schembechler. The statues honor Miami graduates who have earned recognition as national collegiate or professional coaches of the year, who have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or whose teams won national collegiate or professional /Super Bowl championships.
"Miami is a very special place and as anyone who played or coached at Miami knows that the Cradle of Coaches is a great honor," said Harbaugh. "To me, there is no greater recognition in coaching. To be included with these great men is something only dreamed about. I am most grateful to Miami, which is to say the coaches, teammates and professors that made a positive impact on an impressionable young guy. Coach (Tom) Reed gave me an opportunity and taught me important lessons about becoming a man. Coach (Jay) Fry pushed and supported us. There are great teachers and many friends that I cherish to this day. Miami is the people who have made the difference in so many lives. Whole-hearted thanks to the current administration and board for such a wonderful gesture. I will be forever grateful to Miami."
Harbaugh's image also will be added to the Cradle of Coaches mural that is on front of the scoreboard on the south end of Yager Stadium.
"Miami University is thrilled to both celebrate and honor Coach John Harbaugh through his induction into the Cradle of Coaches Association," said Sayler. "The pride that John has for Miami University is clear from the moment you speak with him and he is another example of the great student-athletes that Miami has produced. It is through Love and Honor that we are so excited to extend this well-deserved invitation to Coach John Harbaugh."
Following the 34-31 triumph by his Baltimore Ravens over the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3, Harbaugh joined Ewbank ('28) as members of Miami's famed Cradle of Coaches who have taken their teams to NFL supremacy. One other Miamian, Paul Brown ('30), won NFL World Champion titles in 1950, '54 and '55 as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. In addition, Ewbank's Baltimore Colts of 1958 and '59 were also pre-Super Bowl NFL champs.
Inspired by Bob Kurz, who coined the phrase "Cradle of Coaches", a donation for the Plaza was originally presented to the University in 1994 from Kurz and his wife, Marian. Located adjacent to the south end of Yager Stadium, the Plaza is a tribute to the eight Miami graduates who have earned recognition as national collegiate or professional coaches of the year and/or been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or Pro Football Hall of Fame, or who have won a Super Bowl.
A generous gift from the family of Thomas P. Van Voorhis, announced August 27, 2009, has helped provide the crowning touches to the Cradle of Coaches Plaza. The $1.0 million gift, provided by Daniel T. Van Voorhis-a grandson of Thomas P. Van Voorhis and a successful businessman-has been used to create nine heroic-scale figures to represent and honor the men at the heart of the Cradle of Coaches tradition. The statue of Thomas Van Voorhis stands just outside the gates of the Plaza.
Harbaugh, his wife, Ingrid, and their daughter, Alison, live in Reisterstown, Md.
|1984-86||Western Michigan||Graduate Assistant|
|1988||Morehead State||DBs/Special Teams/Strength & Conditioning|
|1989-94||Cincinnati||Special Teams, TEs, OLBs, RBs|
|1995-96||Cincinnati||Assistant Head Coach|
|1997||Indiana||DBs/Special Teams Coordinator|
|1998-2006||Philadelphia Eagles||Special Teams Coordinator|
|2008-present||Baltimore Ravens||Head Coach|
|2012||10||6||.625||4-0 ... Won Super Bowl, AFC Champions|
|2011||12||4||.750||1-1 ... Lost in AFC Championship|
|2010||12||4||.750||1-1 ... Lost in Divisional Round|
|2009||9||7||.563||1-1 ... Lost in Divisional Round|
|2008||11||5||.688||2-1 ... Lost in AFC Championship|
|Regular Season Record||54-26|
|vs. AFC North||21-9|
|Playoffs Home Record||2-0|
|Playoffs Road Record||6-4|
|Super Bowl Record||1-0|
*John Harbaugh is the only head coach in NFL history (since 1970 merger) to win a playoff game in each of his first five years.
*He has led the Ravens to 63 total victories during five-year span, tying New England Patriots for most wins.
*In addition to the Ravens' Super Bowl victory, Harbaugh also has guided the Ravens to three AFC Championship games (2008, 2011 and 2012).
*Among active head coaches with at least two full seasons of NFL tenure, Harbaugh has the league's best regular-season winning percentage, owning a .675 mark in five years (54-26).
*In postseason play, Harbaugh's Ravens are 9-4.