Meet Michigan football's new-look coaching staff

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Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press
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Michigan football's offseason of upheaval continues.

The Wolverines announced Monday night tight ends coach Sherrone Moore will now coach the offensive line, taking the place of Ed Warinner, and will be the co-offensive coordinator.

Additionally, Michigan has added former player Ron Bellamy to the staff as receivers coach, while Jay Harbaugh will now coach tight ends and special teams. Jim Harbaugh will coach the quarterbacks.

[ Why Ron Bellamy's move from West Bloomfield to Michigan football is just the beginning ]

In a release announcing all the moves, U-M also stated it has signed Jay Harbaugh and Moore to contract extensions.

With the announcement, the Wolverines' finalized coaching staff is comprised of offensive coordinator Moore, Bellamy, Jay Harbaugh, Josh Gattis (who will coach the receivers alongside Bellamy), running backs coach Mike Hart, defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, defensive line coach Shaun Nua, linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary, safeties coach George Helow and defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator Maurice Linguist.

The only holdovers from the previous staff are Gattis, Jay Harbaugh, Nua and Jean-Mary.

Moore, who just wrapped up his third season at Michigan, has no prior experience as an offensive line coach or play-caller. He joined U-M's staff in 2018 after previously coaching tight ends at Central Michigan 2014-17. Before that, he worked at Louisville as a tight ends coach 2012-13 and a graduate assistant 2009-11. Moore played offensive line during his college career; he appeared in 14 games as a guard at Oklahoma between 2006-07 and was a two-year starter at Butler County (Kansas) Community College.

Warinner, meanwhile, took over as offensive line coach shortly after being hired as an analyst before the 2018 season. Under his watch, Michigan's pass protection greatly improved, and four starters from the 2019 offensive line — Cesar Ruiz, Ben Bredeson, Michael Onwenu and Jon Runyan Jr. — were selected in the 2020 NFL draft. The fifth starter on that line, Jalen Mayfield, is expected to be a high pick in this April's draft. Warinner's contract expired Jan. 11.

West Bloomfield head coach Ron Bellamy holds the trophy and celebrates with players and coaches after defeating Davison, 41-0, in the MHSAA Division 1 final at Ford Field, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.
West Bloomfield head coach Ron Bellamy holds the trophy and celebrates with players and coaches after defeating Davison, 41-0, in the MHSAA Division 1 final at Ford Field, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.

Bellamy played at Michigan 1999-2002. A former wide receiver, he appeared in 41 games and finished his career with 67 receptions for 888 yards and nine touchdowns. He played for three different NFL teams 2003-08.

“Ron is a high character individual as well as an outstanding coach and mentor,” said Jim Harbaugh in a statement. “He displays a lot of energy and enthusiasm for teaching and developing young men and has created lasting relationships with his players. We are excited to welcome Ron and his wife, Aamira, and their children into the Michigan Football family.”

Bellamy took over as West Bloomfield's head coach in 2010 and turned around a previously moribund program, leading the Lakers to the state championship game in 2017 and 2020 — the only two appearances in program history. And while West Bloomfield fell to Clarkston in its first title appearance, Bellamy coached the team to a state title Saturday by beating Davison, the defending state champions, 41-0.

“I am excited about the opportunity to return to my alma mater as an assistant coach,” Bellamy said in the statement. “I look forward to working with Coach Harbaugh and this outstanding staff as we work each day to put the players in the best position to be successful on and off the field. Michigan means a great deal to me and my family, and we can’t wait to get to work helping the football program achieve its team goals. I’m coming home again.”

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan football announces coaching changes, finalizes staff