For months, Biff Poggi has weighed his options.
Now he’s coming to Michigan.
The longtime coach at Baltimore’s Gilman School and father of UM fullback Henry Poggi will join the Wolverines as an associate head coach/special adviser, the Baltimore Sun reported Monday.
Poggi retired as Gilman coach in January, after 19 years, and told the Sun at the time that he was undecided about his future.
“I felt like, if I was ever going to do it, this is like the sun, the moon and the stars have lined up, and I really am very comfortable with Jim and the coaching staff,” Poggi told the Sun, calling Harbaugh “a wizard.”
The former college assistant coach at Brown, The Citadel and Temple has tweeted defenses of Harbaugh in the past. Last night, he retweeted UM’s photo of the Nike and Jordan logos.
Hints have progressed all summer as UM began a tie with the St. Frances Academy in the Baltimore area. That’s where Poggi’s former coaches now work, the Sun reported, and St. Frances will be the team facing Paramus (N.J.) Catholic at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 2.
According to the Sun story, he won’t count as an assistant coach at UM and cannot recruit off-campus.
“Poggi’s job will be to advise Harbaugh on strategy and organizational structure,” the Sun wrote. “His position does not count as a coaching position and he won’t be coaching the players, coaching the team or recruiting, according to the Michigan job description.”
Henry Poggi said in the spring that if he could have his father work on the staff, he’d be all for that.
“Any time spent with your dad is time well spent,” Poggi said. “It’s his decision, but he’s got a lot of stuff on his plate. He’s a busy man.”
Poggi’s daughter, Mellie, also attends UM and another of Poggi’s former players from Gilman, offensive lineman Stephen Spanellis, will be a UM freshman this fall.
He would join Devin Bush Sr., who is on the UM staff, as a parent of a current player working for the football program. Gwen Bush is also on the staff, but her son Wayne Lyons finished his eligibility last year. And Tyrone Wheatley, UM’s running backs coach, has a son, Tyrone Wheatley Jr., on the team as a tight end.