When University of Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh goes after a recruit, he gives the same 100% effort he demands of his own athletes once they take the field. In his tenacity to attract the highest quality players to his program, the former NFL coach has been known to go the distance in making an impression on would-be Wolverines.
What does this have to do with the sport of swimming, however? When recently paying four-star receiver target Oliver Martin a visit in Iowa City, Harbaugh dropped by the multi-sport athlete’s swim practice and did his best to fit in. The famous coach donned a swim cap and goggles for a squad photo op with the 6-foot, 188-pound football player/swimmer from West Senior High School.
Interestingly, Martin is older brother to USA National Junior Team Member Ruby Martin, who finished 4th in the women’s 200m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha. Oliver is a talented swimmer in his own right, owning a 50y freestyle best time of 20.83 andbest of 57.59 in the 100y breaststroke
You can also see the normally bespectacled, serious-looking coach get wet with Michigan-bound Martin, as they jump in the pool to celebrate the commitment.
If you ever wondered what a cap & goggles would look like with khakis…..
— Jim Russ (@JimRuss1) January 30, 2017
— Chris Balas (@Balas_Wolverine) January 31, 2017