Tyrone Wheatley comes home!!!

Updated: January 10, 2015

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It’s official, former Michigan legend Tyrone Wheatley has signed on as running backs coach at Michigan under Jim Harbaugh.  This is another big addition to the coaching staff for the Wolverines.

Wheatley first earned accolades as a running back under former Head Coach Gary Moeller in the early 1990’s earning MVP honors in the 1993 Rose Bowl.  He is currently 5th all-time in rushing for Michigan.  Drafted in the 1st round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants, Wheatley went on to a successful professional career from 1995 – 2004, first with the Giants and then the Oakland Raiders.  Wheatley totaled just under 5,000 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns during his playing career.

After beginning his coaching career in the state of Michigan at the high school level Wheatley moved on to Ohio Northern University as running backs coach in 2008 before moving to Eastern Michigan in 2009, in the same position.  Wheatley was hired by former Wolverine Defensive Coordinator Ron English at this time.  In 2010, he was hired by Doug Marrone at Syracuse as the running backs coach where he remained until 2013 when he left the Orangeman for the NFL, along with Marrone. Wheatley has spent the past two years as running backs coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Wheatley brings not only a successful collegiate and professional career as a running back but coaching experience on both levels as well.  When you combine that with his ties to Detroit high school football it is easy to see the pieces are in place for success in Ann Arbor.

Jim Harbaugh continues to bring in top level coaches with both collegiate and NFL coaching experience and Wheatley is another that falls into this category.  Michigan fans have reason for excitement with this hire.


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