Michigan names Sherrone Moore next head coach

Michigan has named offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore its next head coach, it announced Friday night.

Moore succeeds Jim Harbaugh, who took the head coaching position with the Los Angeles Chargers.

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“I want to thank Coach Harbaugh for the faith that he has displayed in me over the past six years and for supporting my growth as a football coach during that time,” Moore stated in a release. “I also want to thank Athletic Director Warde Manuel, President Santa Ono and members of the Board of Regents for putting their faith and trust in me to be the next leader of this football program. I am excited to reward that trust.

“I have been preparing my entire coaching career for this opportunity and I can’t think of a better place to be head coach than at the University of Michigan. We will do everything each day as a TEAM to continue the legacy of championship football that has been played at the University of Michigan for the past 144 years. Our standards will not change. We will be a tough, physical, disciplined, hungry, championship-level team that loves football and plays with passion for the game, the winged helmet and each other. We will also continue to achieve excellence off the field, in the classroom and in our communities. I am excited to start working in this new role with our players, coaches and staff.”

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Moore agreed to a five-year contract with the Wolverines. The agreement runs through the 2028 season.

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According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, Moore’s contact is at $5.5 million per year.

Moore will enter his seventh year at Michigan in 2024. He spent the first six as an offensive coach and the past three in a coordinator role.

Moore is the first African American head coach in Michigan program history.

“Sherrone has proven to be a great leader for our football program, especially the offensive line and players on the offensive side of the football,” Manuel stated in a release. “He is a dynamic, fierce and competitive individual who gets the best out of the players he mentors. The players love playing for him and being with him in the building every day.

“Sherrone stepped up this fall and served as the interim head coach when the program and especially the team needed him. Sherrone handled that situation in a way that sealed my already-growing confidence in him. He didn’t make it about him, it was always about the team! We are thrilled to have Sherrone and his wife, Kelli, and the entire Moore family step into this new role for our football program and university community.”

Moore also spent time coaching at Central Michigan from 2014-17 and Louisville as a graduate assistant from 2009-11 then as tight ends coach from 2012-13.