Michigan Football: Jesse Minter Named Defensive Coordinator
Time will tell if this will be a good hire or not, but we should see some similarities in the defense. He has spent four years with the Baltimore Ravens under Coach John Harbaugh and Defensive Coordinator Coach Wink Martindale.
Michigan keeps the youth movement alive with this hire along with a coach that has ties with the NFL.
From MGoBlue — Coach Harbaugh:
“Jesse comes from a football family and loves coaching and the relationships you form with your players and staff,” said Harbaugh. “He will provide excellent leadership for our defense and will fit seamlessly with the coaching staff we have put together. Jesse is a teacher first, has a love and passion for the game and cares deeply for the players he coaches and works with daily. He came highly recommended last year by my brother John, and Jesse and I have continued to have discussions and maintain a friendship which helped bring him to Ann Arbor. We are excited to welcome Jesse and his wife, Rachelle, as well as their daughter, Millie, and sons, Monte and Mac, to our Michigan Football family.”
From MGoBlue — Coach Minter:
“It is an honor to be joining Coach Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan,” said Minter. “I am excited to work alongside our coaches in helping the players reach their maximum potential on and off the field. I look forward to building great relationships with the players and staff and can’t wait to get to work representing the program. My family and I are excited to join the Ann Arbor and university community. Go Blue!”
In addition to the hiring of Minter, Harbaugh also announced that Steve Clinkscale will be the program’s co-defensive coordinator and continue to work with the defensive backs. Jay Harbaugh will move over to the defensive side and coach the safeties in addition to handling his duties as the Special Teams Coordinator.
Newly hired defensive line coach Mike Elston will add duties as the program’s recruiting coordinator. Second-year assistant coach George Helow continues to coach the team’s linebackers.
Following are the titles and coaching assignments for the defensive staff:
Jesse Minter – Lester Family Defensive Coordinator
Steve Clinkscale – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Mike Elston – Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line
Jay Harbaugh – Special Teams Coordinator/Safeties
George Helow – Linebackers
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