The new Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh is already making his presence felt in Los Angeles. After signing a five-year deal, Harbaugh is now filling out his coordinator and assistant roles on his staff. And as expected, plenty of his staff in Michigan is joining him.
Michigan defensive coordinator Jesse Minter and special teams coordinator Jay Harbaugh (Jim's son) have already planned to follow Harbaugh to Los Angeles.
Now, another member of the National Championship-winning coaching staff is joining the Chargers.
Chargers News: Harbaugh Strengthens His Staff with Michigan Coaches
Ben Herbert, who has been the strength and conditioning coach in Ann Arbor since 2018 is making a transition to the NFL. Harbaugh had once said, "never had a better hire than Ben Herbert."
So, the fact that Herbert was one of Harbaugh's first hires shouldn't come as a surprise. In 2023, he was made an associate head coach by Harbaugh.
Herbert was considered a vital piece to the Wolverines' success as he was regularly praised by players and coaches as one of the program's X-factors. According to Detroit Free Press, he was just the second $1 million strength coach in the country.
As Harbaugh is rounding out his staff, the attention now turns to the general manager search in Los Angeles. Ahead of the busy offseason with difficult free agency and draft decisions, that will be the most important hire the organization makes this spring.