Harry Hiestand begins his second stint as offensive line coach for the Bears after being hired on January 10, 2018. He returns to the Bears following stops at the University of Tennessee (2010-11) and Notre Dame (2012-17). He previously served as Chicago's offensive line coach from 2005-09.
Hiestand, who will be entering his sixth year in the National Football League, brings 36 years of coaching experience to the Bears' staff, including 32 as an offensive line coach. Most recently at Notre Dame, Hiestand guided an offensive line which produced 190 rushing yards per game during his six seasons with the Irish. Last season 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.
Hiestand was a member of Chicago's 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.