Jim Harbaugh Joins 49ers as Head Coach

January 7, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Stanford Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh is set to be the San Francisco 49ers' next head coach. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Stanford Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh is set to be the San Francisco 49ers' next head coach. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The San Francisco 49ers will sign Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh to be their next head coach, according to a statement on the team website.

According to the report, Harbaugh will sign a 5-year, $25 million deal to coach San Francisco, who went 6-10 during the 2010 season under now-fired coach Mike Singletary.

Harbaugh, a former quarterback for several teams including the Indianapolis Colts, retired in 2001. In 2006, he was signed on to coach the Stanford Cardinal and has compiled a record of 58-27 as head coach.

Harbaugh has been this season’s hottest college-to-NFL coaching prospect since he went 12-1 this season with the Cardinals, winning the Orange Bowl by a large margin over Virginia Tech.

This past season, the Cardinal offense headed by quarterback Andrew Luck posted 524 points, a record for the Palo Alto, Calif. school.

With Harbaugh's signing coming before the start of the NFL playoffs, new 49ers general manager Trent Baalke “acted swiftly” in hiring Harbaugh and “now delivered the franchise its new head coach.”