Former Runnin’ Bulldog Named Coach for Arizona Cardinals

Charlie Harbison (’95) Returns to Pro Football


Former Gardner-Webb University football standout Charlie Harbison (’95) has been named as assistant coach for the Arizona Cardinals professional football team.

A native of Shelby, N.C., Harbison was hired as assistant defensive backs coach earlier this year by Cardinals’ Head Coach Steve Wilks, who spent the past six seasons as a coach for the Carolina Panthers. Harbison had coached Wilks when he played for the former Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League.

Harbison played college football at GWU for four seasons (1978 – 1981) and signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 1982. He spent two seasons playing for the Boston/New Orleans Breakers of the United States Football League (USFL).

As an assistant coach, he has enjoyed a robust career in a variety of collegiate programs including Gardner-Webb University, University of Texas-El Paso (El Paso, Texas), University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.), Mississippi State University (Starkville, Miss.), Auburn University (Auburn, Ala.), Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.), and University of Louisiana-Lafayette (Lafayette, La.).

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb in 1995. He and his wife, Tammy, have four children—Charlie, Stedman, Masai, and Msiba. Strong supporters of Gardner-Webb, the Harbisons made a gift to name the scoreboard in Spangler Stadium and are Bulldog Club Lifetime members and endowed scholarship donors.

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