Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh officially announced the hiring of Steve Clinkscale on Wednesday, with the former UK assistant coach taking over as the program’s defensive passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach. Clinkscale replaces Maurice “Mo” Linguist who was named the head coach at the University of Buffalo on May 7.
“Steve is a highly respected and talented football coach who has developed outstanding defensive secondaries at each of his coaching stops,” said Harbaugh. “I have followed and admired Steve’s coaching for years, tried to hire him a few times, and I’m glad that it all came together where we could bring Steve to Michigan. He will be a great addition to our coaching staff, and our student-athletes will benefit from Steve’s experience and instruction. Michigan Football welcomes Steve, his fiancé Elaine and his children to the Michigan Football family and university community.”
“Coach Harbaugh and I have developed a relationship over the years, and this will be a great opportunity to work together,” Clinkscale said. “I look forward to meeting our players and working with them to develop their skills on and off the field. I wish to further the tradition of excellence here at Michigan and look forward to helping make a difference in these young men’s lives. Go Blue!”
Clinkscale heads to Michigan after spending five years in Lexington under Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops. During his time at UK, Clinkscale mentored the defensive backs, a group that finished with 43 total interceptions over five years and was No. 1 in the SEC in pass defense in 2019 and 2020.
The newest Michigan assistant arrived at Kentucky in 2016, molding the likes of Mike Edwards, Lonnie Johnson, Derrick Baity, Chris Westry, Kelvin Joseph and Brandin Echols into NFL talent.
Join us in welcoming our new Passing Game Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach Steve Clinkscale to Ann Arbor!
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) May 12, 2021
Best of luck to Coach Clink in Ann Arbor.