Jim Harbaugh Parents: Meet Jack and Jacqueline Harbaugh


As the speculations about Michigan’s head coach, Jim Harbaugh, potentially coaching in the NFL rise, Wolverines’ fans are becoming more restless than ever before, and have turned to the internet looking for answers.

Throughout all the search queries, one question constantly sticks out: Who are Jim Harbaugh’s parents? Well, we are here to help.

Who Are Jim Harbaugh’s Parents?

Jim Harbaugh dad, Jack Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh’s parents are Jack and Jacqueline (Jackie) Harbaugh who have played a vital role in shaping the renowned coach he is today. Together they have raised three kids: Jim, John, and Joanie.

Jack Harbaugh, Jim’s dad, is a veteran coach whose career as a defensive coordinator and assistant coach spans over 45 years. Jack played college football at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and met his future wife, Jackie, there.

Jackie Harbaugh was a cheerleader at Bowling Green when she met Jack. Jack recalled that “Jackie sat two rows in front of me in our freshman biology class,” and he “just stumbled around for two years,” before summoning the guts to ask her on a date. The two got married in 1961 after finishing their undergraduate degree.

Where Do Jim Harbaugh’s Parents Live?

Both Jim and his brother John were born in Toledo, Ohio, where his father Jack was an assistant coach at Perrysburg High School. However, Jim Harbaugh didn’t have one single place he grew up in, due to his father’s coaching career. Jack said this about Jackie in an interview, “She’s the one that moved us 17 times in a 43-year coaching career. She sold houses at every stop and she bought houses at every stop.”

Here’s the breakdown of various places Jim spent his childhood:

  • Eaton, Ohio: In 1964, Jack was the head coach at Eaton High School.
  • Ada, Ohio: From 1965 to 1967, Jack was an assistant coach at Ohio Northern University.
  • Lexington, Kentucky: In 1968, Jack was an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky.
  • Iowa City, Iowa: In 1969, Jack was an assistant coach at the University of Iowa.
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan (1970-1973): Jack was an assistant coach at the University of Michigan. This is where Jim started playing football and attended Pioneer High School.
  • Palo Alto, California (1974-1982): Jack took a coaching position at Stanford University. Jim attended Palo Alto High School during this time and went on to play college football at Stanford.

Jim Harbaugh’s Parents Ethnicity and Religion

Jim’s mother, Jackie, is half-Sicilian and half-Polish and his father, Jack Harbaugh is German-Irish. Which means Jim is of mixed ethnicity. Nonetheless, Jack and Jackie are both American nationals and citizens.

Jim Harbaugh is a Roman Catholic and talks openly about his faith and its importance. In 2017, Jim along with the Wolverines team even went to Italy and visited the Vatican.

Jim Harbaugh’s Parents Net Worth

The combined net worth of Jackie and Jack Harbaugh is estimated to be $8 million. Jack, Jim’s father, has had a long and successful career both as a player and a football coach, which is a very rewarding job with a high salary.

Jim and John Harbaugh, on the other hand, have a higher net worth and annual income in comparison to their father.

Jim Harbaugh’s Siblings

Jim Harbaugh has two siblings: an older brother, John Harbaugh, and a younger sister, Joanie Harbaugh. Let’s take a closer look-

John Harbaugh

Born in 1962, John is also a successful football coach, currently serving as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Interestingly, John and Jim faced each other as head coaches in Super Bowl XLVII, which marked the first time in NFL history that brothers had coached against each other in the Super Bowl.

Joani Harbaugh

Born in 1965, Joani is the youngest child of the football coach Jack Harbaugh, who eventually married Tom Crean, the young basketball assistant, now the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, adding another coach to the family.


The Harbaugh family has a long and deep-rooted history with Bowling Green State University. It’s the same place where Jack and Jackie met and got married. It’s the same place where all of their three kids studied. Jack even went back to BGSU as a coach after some years. According to the Harbaughs, it’s one of the most cherished places that they hold dear to their heart as it made them fall in love with football and family.

Prikshit Malik
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