Jim Harbaugh made his second move of the offseason, following up the hire of Josh Gattis by hiring Boston College Co-Defensive Coordinator and defensive backs coach, Anthony Campanile, to U-M’s defensive staff. The news was first reported by The Michigan Insider.
Campanile, 36, was promoted to Co-Defensive Coordinator in the spring of 2018. He coached the defensive backs at B.C. for two years prior, working under then B.C. coordinator – now Michigan defensive coordinator – Don Brown.
In 2017, Campanile oversaw a secondary that had two players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft (Isaac Yiadom, third round, Denver Broncos; Kamrin Moore, sixth round, New Orleans Saints). The unit ranked third nationally in pass efficiency defense.
He previously coached high school football in New Jersey for six years. His high school ties in the northeast will impact Michigan’s recruiting of an area they already have a good grasp on.
His position is unclear due to his background. Michigan has openings at linebackers and defensive line coach — two positions Campanile has never coached before. Defensive backs belong to Mike Zordich, who is highly regarded and handles the corners, and Chris Partrdige, an ace recruiter who handles the safeties.
Either some reshuffling occurs, or Campanile is coaching a new position.
Following yesterday’s polarizing hire of Gattis, Harbaugh has employed a 34- and 36-year-old in consecutive days. The hiring of younger coaches is a growing trend in today’s football. Not only in college, but the NFL as well.
As we pointed out two weeks ago, Harbaugh needed to embrace adaptation this offseason. So far, he’s done exactly that.