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John Harbaugh at a glance
Born: Sept. 23, 1962
Birthplace, Residence: Ann Arbor, Mich., Philadelphia
Contract status: Unknown
NFL service: Never played professionally.
Coaching career: Spent his first and only season as the Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach this past season. Spent nine years as the team's special coordinator and was selected as the league's special teams coach of the year in 2001 as voted by his peers. Joined Cam Cameron's 1997 Indiana University coaching staff as the defensive backs and special teams coach. Spent eight seasons (1989-96) as an assistant head coach at Cincinnati. Coached special teams and the secondary at Morehead State in 1988 and tight ends at Pittsburgh in 1987. Began his career tutoring running backs and outside linebackers at Western Michigan between 1984-86.
Playing career: Was a defensive back at Miami of Ohio.
Personal: He and his wife, Ingrid, have a daughter, Alison. Father Jack is a former head coach at Western Michigan and Western Kentucky. Brother Jim spent 15 seasons in the NFL and played for five teams, including the Ravens in 1988. Brother-in-law (through sister Joani) is Tom Crean, head basketball coach at Marquette.
Past Ravens coaches: Ted Marchibroda (1996-98); Brian Billick (1999-2007).
A look at some recognizable NFL head coaches who began their careers on special teams:
Coach -- Honor -- Special teams background
Marv Levy, Hall of Fame coach for the Buffalo Bills -- Los Angeles Rams (1970) and Washington Redskins (1971)
Dick Vermeil, Led Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams to Super Bowls -- Los Angeles Rams (1969
Mike Ditka, Led Chicago Bears to Super Bowl title -- Dallas Cowboys (1975-81-x)
Bill Cowher, Led Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl title -- Cleveland Browns (1985-86)
Bill Belichick, Led New England Patriots to three Super Bowl titles -- Detroit Lions (1976-y), Denver Broncos (1978-y), New York Giants (1979-84)
x -- Also served as Cowboys' tight ends and receivers coach at the same time; y -- Assistant special teams coach
-- Jamison Hensley
Youngest coaches in the NFL
John Harbaugh became the ninth-youngest head coach in the NFL. The former Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach turned 45 on Sept. 23. Here are the youngest head coaches in the league.
Lane Kiffin, Oakland Raiders -- 32 (May 9, 1975)
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers -- 35 (March 15, 1972)
Eric Mangini, New York Jets -- 37 (January19, 1971)
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints -- 44 (December 29, 1963)
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers -- 44 (November 10, 1963)
Scott Linehan, St. Louis Rams -- 44 (September 17, 1963)
Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- 44 (August 17, 1963)
Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars -- 44 (April 4, 1963)