Charlie Harbison set to join the Auburn coaching staff. Photo from Clemson Athletics website. - IPTAY Media
Gus Malzahn is not wasting time in assembling his coaching staff, and he reportedly hired Charlie Harbison as secondary coach Saturday.
Gus Malzahn is known for his fast paced offense, but apparently, that approach is not limited to his play-calling. Malazhn introduced both coordinators 48 hours after his own introduction. A day later it appears he has added another important piece to his coaching staff. Philip Marshall of Auburn Undercover reports ($) that Charlie Harbison has agreed to terms to join Malzahn's staff under defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. While Auburn has not made the hire official, Harbison is expected to be introduced in the coming days and is believed to join the staff as the Tigers' secondary coach.
Harbison will join Auburn's staff from Clemson, where he has served as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach since 2009. He is regarded as one of the best recruiters in the game and was named one of the nation's top 25 recruiters by Rivals in 2010. His official bio on Clemson's website notes that Harbison recently coached first team All-American DeAndre McDaniel in 2009 and 2010. Another pupil, Coty Sensabaugh, was drafted by the Tennessee Titans following the 2011 season. Another prized pupil on his resume is nine-time Pro-Bowler Brian Dawkins, who was an All-American at Clemson in 1995.
Harbison's collegiate coaching career began in 1992 when he led wide receivers at Gardner-Webb, his alma mater. He joined the coaching staff at UTEP in 1994 and moved on to his first stint at Clemson, coaching defensive backs, in 1995. After three years with the purple Tigers, he joined Ellis Johnson on the staff at Alabama as the defensive backs coach. There, he helped his team win a conference title in 1999. Charlie left the Tide in 2001 to join Nick Saban's staff at Louisiana State coaching defensive backs and winning Harbison SEC title. He reunited with Johnson when he returned to Alabama for a second time in 2003, this time as the wide receivers coach. He coached with Johnson again in 2007 at Mississippi State before going back to Clemson for a second tour in 2009. His bio also lists coaching experience in the Arena Football League and the World League of American Football.
Harbison's full coaching resume is as follows:
1992-1993: Gardner-Webb (DB)
1994: UTEP (DB)
1995-1997: Clemson (DB)
1998-2000: Alabama (DB)
2001-2002: LSU (DB)
2003-2006: Alabama (WR)
2007-2008: Mississippi State (DC)
2009-2012: Clemson (Co-DC/DB)