It was an emotional day for the former Michigan football coach and recruiter Steve Addazio, who was fired by the Wolverines last year after 11 seasons at the helm.
The Detroit Lions took him as an assistant coach.
Addazio was hired by the Detroit Lions in 2018 after a 12-year run at Michigan, including the team’s winningest coaching tenure in school history.
He was hired to be part of a recruiting push by the Lions in the 2019 draft.
Addazi’s coaching background was not what fans had been expecting from the Michigan football program.
Addam and his wife, Karen, had three sons and two daughters, and the couple is now raising four boys and one girl.
He is the first Michigan coach to be fired since Mike Bajakian in 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
“He is the greatest coach in the history of Michigan football, I am just honored and honored to have the opportunity to work with him,” Addazia said during a press conference on Saturday.
“He has done a lot for me and my family and my community.
He has helped us grow and grow as a program.”
Detroit Lions assistant coach Steve Addadio was fired as Michigan football’s head coach on Dec. 6.
His wife Karen Addadian was hired in 2018 as a recruiting coordinator.
Addadio will be the first head coach to leave a program since Jim Harbaugh left the San Francisco 49ers after 13 seasons in 2017.
Harbaugh was the last coach to depart Michigan.
Michigan lost four of its final six games of the 2017 season before beating Penn State in the Rose Bowl to claim the program’s first national championship since 2001.
The Wolverines will play the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game on Jan. 5 in Chicago.