Harry Hiestand enters his second season as the Bears offensive line coach since re-joining the Bears on January 10, 2018. He previously held the same title with the club from 2005-09. Between stints with the Bears, Hiestand made stops at the Universities of Tennessee (2010-11) and Notre Dame (2012-17). Hiestand owns 37 years of coaching experience, seven of which are at the NFL level.
Under Hiestand’s watch, a pair of Bears offensive linemen earned Pro Bowl nods in 2018 (Cody Whitehair and Charles Leno Jr.), the most since he helped G Rueben Brown and C Olin Kreutz earn Pro Bowl honors in 2007. As a unit, the Bears offensive line allowed just 33 sacks in 2018, tied for the third fewest in the NFC (Rams) behind the Panthers (32) and Saints (20).
While at Notre Dame, Hiestand guided an offensive line which produced 190 rushing yards per game during his six seasons with the Irish. In 2017 his Fighting Irish unit won the Joe Moore Award, which honors the top offensive line unit in the country.
While in Tennessee, Hiestand tutored three true freshmen on a 2010 offensive line that helped Tauren Poole rush for 1,034 yards and an SEC-high six 100-yard rushing games. In 2011, he mentored a Volunteers offensive line that allowed only 18 sacks, second only behind Alabama in the SEC.
Returning to Chicago for his second stint with the Bears, Hiestand was a member of a coaching staff that not only helped the Bears win division championships in 2005 and 2006, but also advanced to Super Bowl XLI following the ‘06 season. He played a key role in Olin Kreutz’s (2005 and 2006) and Ruben Brown’s (2006) Pro Bowl seasons. Kreutz was additionally named first-team All-Pro in 2006 -- the first Bears’ offensive lineman to accomplish the feat in 17 years.
The Malvern, Pa., native began his coaching career at his alma mater, East Stroudsburg University, after an injury ended his playing career. He played two years at Springfield College before transferring to East Stroudsburg in the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania.
Hiestand earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg in 1983. He and his wife, Terri, have three sons, Michael, Matthew and Mark, and one daughter, Sarah.