Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck announced Monday the hiring of assistant coaches Danny Collins and Greg Harbaugh.
Collins, who has been on the Gophers staff since 2017, will coach safeties. He has served in multiple roles at Minnesota, most recently as a senior defensive analyst, where his input and expertise helped the Gophers defense post exceptional numbers in 2021.
Minnesota ranked third in the nation in total defense (278.8 yards per game), tied for sixth in the NCAA in scoring defense (17.3 points per game) and ranked eighth in the country in rushing defense (97.5 yards per game) this past season.
Harbaugh will be responsible for the tight ends in his third stint with the Gophers. He previously served in a quality control role twice on Fleck's staff at Minnesota (2017, 2019).
During the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Harbaugh acted as the receivers coach at Western Michigan. With the Broncos, he mentored D'Wayne Eskridge, who recently completed his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks, and Skyy Moore, who ended the 2021 campaign with 95 receptions for 1,292 yards and nine touchdowns.
In 2018, Collins operated as a graduate assistant and was named interim defensive backs coach for the Gophers' 34-10 win against Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl. Under his guidance, Minnesota's secondary limited the Yellow Jackets to just 77 passing yards.
Collins took over on-field coaching duties, again, as interim defensive line coach at the Outback Bowl following the 2019 season. In that game, Minnesota thwarted Auburn on the ground, limiting the Tigers to a season-low 56 rushing yards.
In 2019, Harbaugh helped guide the Gophers to an 11-2 record. Minnesota finished that season as one of three schools (Alabama, LSU) to feature two 1,000-yard receivers (Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson) and one 1,000-yard running back (Rodney Smith).