Guest Speaker: John Harbaugh
Over 35 Years Coaching Experience
Baltimore Ravens Head Coach
Ten completed seasons (2008-17)
Super Bowl-winning head coach John Harbaugh has led the Ravens to a playoff berth in six (2008-12 and 2014) of his nine seasons in Baltimore, and in 2012, captured the franchise’s second World Championship. Impressively, Harbaugh is the only head coach in NFL history to win at least one playoff game in six of the first seven seasons of a coaching career. Additionally, he owns the second-most playoff victories (10) by a head coach in the first seven seasons of a career since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. (Washington’s Joe Gibbs had 11.)
Devoted to his family and his Christian faith, John is most active in helping the Baltimore area be better for families. He earned the 2011 “Power of Excellence Award” from the (Ben) Carson Scholars for “demonstrating excellence in life and being a role model.” He’s a board member for the Port Discovery Children’s Museum and a significant contributor to All Pro Dads, along with numerous Baltimore-area events and charities.
Harbaugh has also been an advocate of the U.S. Military. The NFL awarded him its 2013 Salute to Service Award, acknowledging exceptional efforts by those in the league who honor and support military members. (Harbaugh was also a finalist for the award in 2011.) In 2012, Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno presented him with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award. Harbaugh took part in the annual NFL-USO coaches’ tour of the Middle East in 2009, has visited numerous military bases in the U.S. and abroad, has purchased school supplies for children whose parents are serving in the military and has sent care packages to troops overseas. In 2008, Harbaugh also helped institute Military Appreciation Day, an annual event that takes place during Ravens training camp. Since its establishment, an estimated 8,000 service members have enjoyed preferred seating and opportunities to meet with Ravens players and coaches each summer.
Harbaugh earned a degree in political science at Miami (OH), where he won the Football Scholar Athlete Award; he would later go on to earn his master’s in physical education at Western Michigan. In April 2014, Harbaugh was inducted into Miami (OH) University’s prestigious “Cradle of Coaches Association” and was immortalized with a statue on campus.
John, who attended Ann Arbor (MI) Pioneer HS, currently resides in Owings Mills, Maryland with his wife, Ingrid, and their daughter, Alison.