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  Jim Harding
Jim Harding

Player Profile
Position:
Offensive Line

Experience:
1st Year

Offensive Line
1st Year

Coaching Experience

2014- Utah
Offensive Line

2009-13 Wyoming
2013 Co-Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Line
2012
Co-Offensive Line
Run Game Coordinator
2009-11
Co-Offensive Line

2002-04 Missouri
Offensive Graduate Assistant

2005-08 Troy HS (Mich.)
2008
Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
2005-07
Defensive Coordinator

Bowl Games
2003 Independence Bowl
2009 New Mexico Bowl
2011 New Mexico Bowl

Jim Harding begins his first season as Utah's offensive line coach and his eighth year overall under new offensive coordinator Dave Christensen. Harding spent the last five seasons at Wyoming with Christensen and was an offensive graduate assistant under Christensen at Missouri from 2002-04.

At Wyoming, Harding coached the offensive line from 2009-13. After four years as the co-offensive line coach (he was also the run game coordinator in 2012), Harding was promoted to co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 2013. The Cowboys finished 22nd in the country in 2013 total offense, averaging 472.8 yards a game.

Wyoming ranked second in the Mountain West Conference and 38th in the nation in passing offense in 2012, averaging 265.4 yards per game. The 2011 Cowboys ranked No. 11 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, with the line coached by Harding allowing only 12 sacks in 13 games.

Among Harding's all-conference players was center Nick Carlson--a three-time all-Mountain West Conference selection who made the first team in 2012. Offensive tackle Clayton Kirvin was a 2011 second-team all-leaguer.

From 2005-08, Harding coached at Troy High School in Troy, Mich. He was the head coach and defensive coordinator his final season after first serving 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 under then UT offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Christensen. 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 divisional titles his four seasons, winning the 1997 and 1998 MAC West Division outright and finishing as co-champions of the MAC West in 2000.

Education
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; Son Colton and Jackson

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