Michigan football officially announces Mike Elston hire

While we continue the wait for Jim Harbaugh to sign his proposed contract extension, he’s making moves in Ann Arbor as if he’ll be staying with the program.

It’s been days since reports surfaced that Michigan football was hiring defensive line coach Mike Elston, the former Wolverines linebacker, away from Notre Dame, but now it’s officially official.

The Michigan football program announced the move on Monday afternoon.

Full release

University of Michigan J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh announced Monday (Jan. 17) the hiring of former Wolverine player Mike Elston as the program’s defensive line coach. Elston brings 21 years of full-time coaching experience in the Midwest back to Ann Arbor.

“I am excited to welcome Mike Elston to an already incredibly talented staff here at the University of Michigan,” said Harbaugh. “I’ve followed Mike’s work at Notre Dame for a while and have admired his ability to not only recruit great student-athletes, but also his proven track record in developing players for the NFL. Mike is a Michigan man so he will be able to hit the ground running. Help me welcome Mike and his wife, Beth, and their three daughters, Olivia, Sophia and Isabella back home to Michigan.”

“My family and I are beyond excited to return to the University of Michigan,” said Elston. “I would like to thank Coach Harbaugh and Warde Manuel for this incredible opportunity to join the athletic department and university community. I can’t get to campus fast enough to begin building relationships with the players, coaches, and staff within the football program.”

Elston spent the past 12 seasons at Notre Dame, where he has helped the Irish appear in 11 bowl games, including two College Football Playoff semifinal appearances and one BCS National Championship game. He…


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