Dec. 27, 2005
(San Diego, CA) - University of San Diego head football coach Jim Harbaugh has agreed to a new multi-year deal to remain at the helm of the Toreros' football program, it was announced today by Ky Snyder, Executive Director of Athletics. Terms of the contract will remain undisclosed.
"We are excited to have Jim back as our head coach," said Ky Snyder. "He has done a tremendous job for us in his two years. Our vision remains to win conference championships on a regular basis, and Jim shares that vision and drive to win those titles."
This past season Harbaugh, the PFL North Coach of the Year and a candidate for the I-AA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, directed the Toreros to a program-best 11-1 record and its first-ever Pioneer Football League title. San Diego dealt Morehead State a 47-40 defeat in the PFL Championship game back on November 19th. USD was also the recipient of the 2005 Sports Network Cup, presented to the team that finished as the No. 1 ranked I-AA Mid-Major team in the nation. The Toreros held the No. 1 ranking over the final six weeks of the season. Harbaugh also guided the Toreros to the school's first win over an Ivy League opponent, a 17-14 victory over Yale. USD is the first PFL team to accomplish that feat. The Toreros were also a perfect 8-0 at home this season and will take a 13-game home winning streak into the 2006 season. Four Toreros were named to the 2005 The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major All-America Team, and two Toreros were recognized as ESPN The Magazine/District VIII Academic All-Americans.
"I'm excited to continue to build on our success at USD", said Jim Harbaugh. "Our vision at USD is to win multiple PFL championships, and I look forward to continuing to strive to reach that goal. Our success is a result of the phenomenal job that our student-athletes, coaches and administration have done here."
During his two-year tenure Harbaugh has combined to go 18-5 overall. The 18 wins over a two-year period is also a new USD record. Last season the Toreros won their final five games to finish 7-4, and Harbaugh has now gone 16-1 over his last 17 contests. The lone loss over this 17 game run was a hard-fought 20-17 road decision at Princeton back on September 24th.