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  Jim Harding
Jim  Harding

Player Profile
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Alma Mater:
Missouri (2004)

Offensive Line
2nd 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

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

After just one season as a Utah assistant, Jim Harding was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in February. He retains his duties as the offensive line coach.

Harding has previous experience as an FBS offensive coordinator, serving as the co-offensive coordinator at Wyoming in 2013. The Cowboys finished 22nd in the country in total offense that season, averaging 472.8 yards a game.

In his first year as Utah’s offensive line coach in 2014, the Utes finished third in the Pac-12 Conference in rushing yards per game (190.4) while blocking for first-team All-Pac-12 running back Devontae Booker. Booker’s 1,512 rushing yards ranked second in a season in school history and he finished second in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (116.3).

Left tackle Jeremiah Poutasi had his best season as a Ute under Harding, earning second-team all-Pac-12 honors to lead a Utah offensive line that was considered a team strength. Poutasi was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Tennessee.

Before coming to Utah, Harding spent five seasons at Wyoming. He was the co-offensive line coach for his first four years (2009-12) and was also the run game coordinator in 2012. In 2013, Harding assumed sole control of the offensive line, along with his promotion to 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. Individually, 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 in Troy, 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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