Michigan’s Harbaugh hires former 49er executive

Michigan’s football family is set to get bigger. It is reported that Jim Harbaugh is bringing former San Francisco 49er executive Tom Gamble onto his staff. Harbaugh already employees the largest staff in the country and all of the on-the-field positions filled. That being said, Gamble will most likely fill an off-the-field role with the player personnel department.

Gamble and Harbaugh are already familiar with one and another from their San Francisco days. Gamble’s resume includes assistant general manager and senior personnel executive for the 49ers and has plenty of talent evaluation experience under his belt. Before his time with the Niners he was the vice president of player personnel with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gamble played a large role in the Niners success as he was in charge of both college and pro personnel efforts. In addition to working with the Eagles and Niners, Gamble was a college scout for the Indianapolis Colts for seven years and worked with the Carolina Panthers in a similar capacity.

It is assumed that Gamble will work in talent evaluation/scouting capacity for the Wolverines when the hire becomes official. His experience in evaluating prospects will add another valuable asset to the personnel support staff which focusing on similar tasks.

Harbaugh has been instrumental in turning the football program in Michigan around and in his first two seasons has amassed a 20-6 record with two bowl appearances and one win. They lost in the Orange Bowl by a point to No. 10 ranked Florida State.

It’s obvious that Harbaugh is committed to bringing his alma mater back to national prominence and if the past two seasons are any indication, he is well on his way to doing so. Hires like Gamble are only going to help that process along and make sure they are able to maintain success for an extended period of time.