Michigan hires HS coach with college, NFL experience, tie to elite 2019 recruit
Jim Harbaugh might’ve killed two birds with one stone by hiring The King’s Academy (Calif.) coach Michael Johnson.
The school announced the move on Monday:
Head football coach Michael Johnson has resigned and is taking a position on staff at the University of Michigan. Good luck coach!! #GoBlue
— TKA Athletics (@TKA_Athletics) February 13, 2017
It’s unclear what exactly the position is, though it doesn’t appear it’ll be an on-field job.
Michigan added someone with 10 years of NFL coaching experience. His NFL start actually came as the San Diego Chargers quarterbacks coach in 2000, which was where Harbaugh spent his last year as a player.
Johnson was also the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator the year before Harbaugh took over as head coach, but he didn’t keep Johnson on his staff.
Instead, Johnson went to UCLA, where he served as offensive coordinator and even interim coach in 2011. Johnson wasn’t kept on Jim Mora Jr.’s staff after he arrived.
But after three years coaching at The King’s Academy, Johnson will leave for Ann Arbor.
Johnson is also the father of Michael Johnson, Jr., who is the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class. Naturally, there’s speculation that Johnson was only hired in an effort to land his son.
Whether or not that’s the case, the Wolverines will add an experienced coach with some key West Coast ties. And just in case any are questioning a future NCAA rule violation, the hire would clear that hurdle, as well.
There is an NCAA proposal that would ban the employment of recruits' HS coaches within 2 years of their enrollment.
This gets around that.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 13, 2017