Wade Harman

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Wade Harman
Atlanta Falcons
Position: Tight ends coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-10-01) October 1, 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth: Corydon, Iowa
Career information
College: Drake, Utah State
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Wade Harman (born October 1, 1963) is an American football coach who is the tight ends coach for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). Harman used to be the Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Falcons working with veteran offensive line coach Mike Tice.[1]

Before being hired by the Falcons, Harman spent most of his career as a tight end coach for the Baltimore Ravens. He was fired on January 27, 2014.[2] Harman began his NFL coaching career with the Minnesota Vikings. Until his dismissal, Harman was the longest tenured coach in the Baltimore Ravens organization, and the only coach remaining in the organization from the Super Bowl XXXV team.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

1997 season[edit]

Harman began his coaching career with a one-year contract as a coaches assistant for the Minnesota Vikings. In his first year with the Vikings, the team went 9-7 in the regular season, winning a Wild Card berth in the playoffs, before losing the divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers.

1998 season[edit]

Harman was given a one-year contract extension at the end of the 1997 season, and returned to the Vikings in 1998.[3] The Vikings went 15-1 this year, but lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Conference Championship, becoming the first 15-1 team to not reach the Super Bowl.[4]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1999 season[edit]

Harman was not re-signed by the Vikings following the 1998 season, and was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens as a tight ends coach.[5]

Shannon Sharpe (2000-2001) and Super Bowl XXXV[edit]

From 2000-2001, Harman's main role was coaching tight end Shannon Sharpe. In 2000, Sharpe achieved the longest touchdown pass in NFL history in the AFC Conference Championship.[6] The Ravens would go on to win Super Bowl XXXV. The next year, Sharpe would become the All Time NFL leader in Passes Caught by a Tight End and would earn a spot in the Pro Bowl.

Todd Heap (2002-2010)[edit]

Sharpe left the Ravens organization following the 2001 season, and Harman was called upon to prepare tight end Todd Heap to take over the starting tight end position. Heap was the leading receiver on the Ravens that year, with 836 yards.[7] Heap was selected for the 2002 and 2003 Pro Bowl teams.[8] Harman continued to coach Heap until the end of the 2010 season, when he signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

2010-2013 seasons and Super Bowl XLVII[edit]

Harman was in charge of coaching Ravens 2010 draft picks Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson. Harman was a part of the Ravens staff during their Super Bowl XLVII win.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

2014 season[edit]

Harman was hired on February 6, 2014 as an Assistant Offensive Line Coach. Harman, who worked alongside offensive line coach Mike Tice helping stabilize a line that lost several starters during the year because of injuries.

2015 season[edit]

On January 25, 2015, Harman was named the Tight Ends Coach for the Atlanta Falcons. [9] He will work to help makeover the tight end position that the previous year saw a major drop-off in productivity with the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.

2016 season[edit]

In the 2016 season, Harman and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots on February 5, 2017. In the Super Bowl, the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat.[10]


  1. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-falcons-hire-former-ravens-tight-ends-coach-wade-harman-20140206,0,4795911.story?track=rss
  2. ^ http://www.baltimoreravens.com/People/Coaches/Wade_Harman.aspx
  3. ^ "Transactions" New York Times 22 October 1998. Accessed 25 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Vikings" Gopher Football Tickets 25 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Transactions" New York Times 27 January 1999. Accessed 25 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Shannon Sharpe" Pro Football Hall of Fame. 25 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Todd Heap 2002 Game Log" Pro-Football-Reference.com. 25 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Todd Heap Career Stats" Pro-Football-Stats.com. 25 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Wade Harman To Be Named Falcons Tight Ends Coach" espn.com. 25 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 

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