Michigan makes history hiring first female graduate assistant on Power Five college football staff

Michigan made history on Tuesday when it announced the hiring of Milan Bolden-Morris as a graduate assistant on coach Jim Harbaugh’s football staff. Bolden-Morris, a former Georgetown basketball player who goes by Mimi, will work with the Wolverines’ quarterbacks as the first female member of a Power Five football staff in history. 

“The opportunity to be the first female GA in the Power 5, especially the Big Ten, is an absolute honor,” said Bolden-Morris in a statement released by Michigan. “It speaks volumes to the efforts that Coach Harbaugh has made to create an environment of inclusion. These opportunities have been an anomaly for a black woman until recently. Growing up watching my dad coach my brother, it has always been my dream to be a part of a football team in some form, so this opportunity is allowing me to live out a dream of mine, especially working with quarterbacks.”

Bolden-Morris will join the program on June 1 after she completes her master’s degree in sports management at Georgetown.

“I have always believed in providing opportunities for individuals who are passionate about football and Mimi is someone who has shown that drive to become a football coach,” Harbaugh said. “Mimi reached out and expressed an interest in our graduate assistant positions when we had multiple openings this spring. We had some great conversations and I came away extremely impressed with her desire and ideas for coaching, and for making us better as a team. Mimi is a very bright, intelligent and competitive young woman who will be a great addition to our program and offensive coaching staff. We look forward to having Mimi transition into this role working with our quarterbacks. We can’t wait to see the new perspective she brings to our team.”


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