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Greg Frey returns to Michigan football staff

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Greg Frey, a former Michigan offensive line coach and most recently the co-offensive coordinator and line coach at Indiana, was hired Thursday to join Jim Harbaugh’s staff.

Frey will coach the tackles and tight ends and will be the run-game coordinator. Jay Harbaugh, who coached tight ends the last two seasons, will coach the running backs.

Sam Webb of the “Michigan Insider” first reported the moves Wednesday morning on WTKA 1050.

Harbaugh had a hire to make after the recent departure of running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"We are excited to welcome Greg back to the Michigan football program and University community," Jim Harbaugh said in a statement. "Coach Frey has a proven track record of success; his character, work ethic and dedication are at the highest level. Greg has also been outstanding at developing NFL talent at the offensive line and running back positions, and his knowledge of run game principles will undoubtedly benefit our offense. We are eager to have Greg, his wife Andrea and their four boys join our football family."

This is the second time Frey, who most recently worked at Indiana, has coached at Michigan.

“It is an honor and privilege to be able to return to the University of Michigan,” said Frey. “I am humbled and excited about this opportunity to work with Coach Jim Harbaugh, one of the leading minds in all of football, while joining an amazing staff that he has assembled at Michigan. I look forward to watching our student-athletes develop as great men, students and athletes."

Frey was on Rich Rodriguez’s staff at Michigan from 2008-10, then joined Indiana’s staff where he spent two seasons as run-game coordinator, two as co-offensive coordinator and last season as an assistant head coach.

In 2015 he was a nominee for the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant in college football. He was credited in 2015 for a lot of Indiana’s offensive success — the Hoosiers were the fourth FBS team to have a 3,500-yard passer and two 1,000-yard rushers and one 1,000-yard receiver in the same year.

Adding Frey takes some work off the rather large plate of offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, who also has coached the offensive line the past two seasons. He will coach the interior linemen.

Michigan’s offensive line, with the departures of three veteran starters, is now considerably younger, and likely will benefit with this staff structure.

One former Michigan lineman who played for Frey told The Detroit News recently, “He’s an excellent offensive line coach in terms of technique no doubt about that.”