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  Jim Harding
Jim  Harding

Player Profile
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Alma Mater:
Missouri (2004)

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
3rd Year

Coaching Experience

2014- Utah
2015- Co-Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Line
2014 Offensive Line
2009-13 Wyoming
2013 Co-Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Line
2012 Co-Offensive Line
Run Game Coordinator
2009-11 Co-Offensive Line
2005-08 Troy HS (Mich.)
2008 Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
2005-07 Defensive Coordinator
2002-04 Missouri
Offensive Graduate Assistant

Bowl Games
2015 Las Vegas Bowl
2014 Las Vegas Bowl
2011 New Mexico Bowl
2009 New Mexico Bowl
2003 Independence Bowl

 Jim Harding is in his third year on the Utah coaching staff and his second as the co-offensive coordinator. Harding, who has coached the offensive line since coming to Utah, makes the final offensive decisions in his role as co-coordinator.

Utah finished in the top four in the Pac-12 Conference in rushing offense in both 2014 and 2015 with an offensive line paving the way for back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons by All-Pac-12 running back Devontae Booker. Booker was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

Harding has coached two second-team All-Pac-12 offensive linemen in his first two seasons at Utah: Jeremiah Poutasi in 2014 and J.J. Dielman in 2015. Poutasi was a third-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2015.

Harding also experienced success as an FBS offensive coordinator and offensive line coach prior to coming to Utah. He served in the same capacity at Wyoming in 2013, when the Cowboys finished 22nd in the country in total offense, averaging 472.7 yards a game.

He spent five seasons at Wyoming, the first four as the co-offensive line coach (2009-12) and run game coordinator (2012). In 2013, Harding assumed sole control of the offensive line and was named co-offensive coordinator.

The 2011 Cowboys finished 11th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, relinquishing just 12 sacks in 13 games. In 2012, Wyoming ranked second in the Mountain West Conference and 38th in the nation in passing offense, averaging 265.4 yards per game. Center Nick Carlson was a three-time all-MWC selection (first team in 2012).

Harding’s college coaching career began at Missouri, where he was an offensive graduate assistant from 2002-04.

From 2005-08, he coached at Troy High School (Mich.). He was the head coach and defensive coordinator in 2008 after three seasons as the defensive coordinator.

Playing Career

A four-year starting offensive tackle at Toledo from 1997-2000, Harding set a school record with 46 consecutive starts. Harding was a first-team all-Mid-American Conference selection as a senior in 2000, when he captained a Toledo team that finished with a 10-1 record and a No. 25 ranking in the final Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ polls. He was named the co-recipient of the Jim Nicholson Award, presented each year to the Toledo player who contributes the most toward the team’s success. Toledo won or shared three MAC West Division titles in his four seasons, winning the 1997 and 1998 MAC West Division outright and finishing as co-champions of the MAC West in 2000.


Toledo, 2001
Bachelor’s in secondary education

Missouri, 2004
Master’s in career and technical education

Personal Data
Hometown: Maumee, Ohio
Birthdate: July 11, 1978
Family: Wife Meredith; sons Colton and Jackson
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