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Montana native Jim McElwain joins Michigan football coaching staff

Posted at 12:40 PM, Feb 20, 2018

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Montana native Jim McElwain will be coaching in The Big House this fall.

McElwain, who was born in Missoula and became an all-state quarterback for Missoula Sentinel High School, will coach the wide receivers at the University of Michigan. Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh announced McElwain’s hiring on Tuesday.

“I am excited to work with this offensive staff and Coach Harbaugh,” McElwain said in a release. “There are a lot of great offensive minds in that coaching room and I look forward to learning from them.”

McElwain brings 33 years of coaching experience to Michigan, most recently coaching at the University of Florida. He finished with a 22-12 record in his tenure with the Gators, including two Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles in 2015-16.

McElwain played collegiately at Eastern Washington from 1980-83 before getting into coaching. He coached with the Eagles until 1994 when he took over as Montana State’s offensive coordinator from 1995-99. MSU’s offense was ranked the No. 1 scoring offense in the Big Sky Conference in 1998, averaging 31.6 points per game.