One of the top college football head coaches at the FCS level is reportedly leaving for a major assistant coaching gig.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak has landed a Power 5 assistant coaching gig.
Minnesota is reportedly hiring the head coach for an on-field assistant role.
A source told Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel that Harasymiak, who has spent the past eight seasons at Maine, including the last three as head coach, is headed to Minnesota as an on-field assistant under P.J. Fleck.
After going 10-11 in his first two seasons as head coach, the 32-year-old Harasymiak guided the Black Bears to 10 wins, a Colonial Athletic Association title and to the FCS semifinals, the furthest the program has ever advanced in the FCS playoffs, in 2018. As the No. 7 seed, Maine beat Jacksonville State at home and then upset No. 3 Weber State on the road to advance to the semifinals, where it fell 50-19 on the red turf at No. 4 Eastern Washington.
The Black Bears won the CAA championship after being picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll. For his efforts, Harasymiak was named the AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year.
Harasymiak became the youngest head coach at the Division 1 level when he got the Maine job in 2015.
Maine was paying the head coach $153,000 annually. He's likely getting a sizable raise to come to Minnesota as an assistant.
Stay tuned for an official announcement.