Tyrone Wheatley newest addition to Harbaugh staff at Michigan

Tyrone Wheatley has returned to Ann Arbor. (@umichfootball)
Tyrone Wheatley has returned to Ann Arbor. (@umichfootball)

Jim Harbaugh's first staff at Michigan is nearly complete, and its latest addition is one Wolverines fans have been waiting for.

Michigan officially put an end to weeks of rumors and reports by naming former Wolverine running back star Tyrone Wheatley the program's new running backs coach Saturday. Wheatley spent the last two seasons coaching running backs for the Buffalo Bills.

"Michigan holds a special place in my heart and the chance to return here and help guide this program is truly a dream homecoming," Wheatley said in a statement. "Michigan helped make me the man, husband and father I am today, and I am passionate about passing those lessons on to the next generation of young men in Maize and Blue. I look forward to getting to work and thank Coach Harbaugh for the opportunity."

Wheatley starred for the Wolverines from 1991 to 1994, winning Big Ten Offensive Playe of the Year honors after rushing for 1,387 yards in 1992. He also earned All-American honors in the 110-meter hurdles for the Michigan track team, and would go on to a successful 10-year career in the NFL.

Wheatley coached running backs at Syracuse and Eastern Michigan before moving with Doug Marrone to the Bills.

"Having Tyrone back in the Maize and Blue will be very special for our program," Harbaugh said. "He is a true leader, a dynamic coach and will make a profound impact on the young men who play for Michigan. I am so pleased to have him back in Schembechler Hall."

Wheatley is the seventh assistant officially named to Harbaugh's staff. Former USC and Stanford line coach Tim Drevno will be the Wolverines' offensive coordinator and former Will Muschamp assistant D.J. Durkin the team's defensive coordinator. Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars play-caller Jedd Fisch will coach wide receivers and serve as "passing game coordinator"; veteran defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will remain on staff as defensive line coach; former USC special teams coordinator John Baxter will hold the same position at Michigan; and former San Francisco 49ers assistant Greg Jackson will coach the defensive backs.

The remaining two slots on Harbaugh's staff are expected to go to Harbaugh's son Jay Harbaugh (as tight ends coach) and former NFL assistant Mike Zordich (as a second defensive backs coach).

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