Joe Harasymiak Leaving Maine Football Program For Coaching Job At Minnesota
After leading the University of Maine football team to its first-ever FCS national semifinal appearance, head coach Joe Harasymiak is leaving the school for an assistant coaching position at the University of Minnesota, according to a report.
The 32-year-old Harasymiak is headed to Minnesota as an on-field assistant under P.J. Fleck, Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday.
Harasymiak spent the past eight seasons at Maine, serving as head coach during the last three. He guided the Black Bears to a 20-15 record, including a 15-9 record against CAA opponents.
After being picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll, the Black Bears won a CAA title in 2018 and went the furthest the program has ever advanced in the FCS playoffs. Harasymiak was named the AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year.
Harasymiak was the youngest head coach in Division I when he was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach in December 2015. At the time, he signed a five-year deal through June 2020. Making $153,000 annually, Harasymiak was the lowest-paid head coach in the CAA.
In Minnesota, he'll reunite with Joe Rossi, who coached at UMaine from 2007-2011. Rossi, currently the Golden Gophers' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, was Maine's defensive coordinator during Harasymiak's first year as a member of the Black Bears' coaching staff.