Harry Hiestand is the Bears Offensive Line Coach whose current coaching stint began last year. He was with the Bears as offensive line coach from 2005-2009. He is not the only coach on staff who returned for a second career with the team: Special Team Coach Chris Tabor returned to the Bears again last year after serving originally as assistant special teams coach in 2008-2010.
Assistant coaches usually come and go as new head coaches are hired and fired. Hiestand left the Bears and served at the University of Tennessee (2010-11) and Notre Dame (2012-17).
In Hiestand’s last year at ND, his squad won the Joe Moore Award which honors the top offensive line in the country. Hiestand’s 6-foot-5 325 pound guard Quenton Nelson was selected 6th in the 2018 draft by the Indianapolis Colts. In his first year, Nelson was a Pro Bowl pick and was selected first team All Pro. Nelson has helped to renew the team and protect quarterback Andrew Luck.
Hiestand’s 6-foot-8 315 pound ND offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey was selected 9th in the 2018 draft and his play has also been praised by analysts. The 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo to injury last year and are hoping for betting things in 2019–with McGlinchey and mates to help improve the odds.
Two top ten offensive linemen draft picks helped provide Hiestand something of a superman reputation for the offensive line coach. Former Bears players who were on the team in his 2005-2009 have high marks for him as well. Hiestand is not a new face to football, he has been coaching for decades. His former players talk about his attention to detail–all the time. They were impressed with how he wants to make sure they understand what he his teaching. Players also appreciate how much Hiestand cares about them. This past year perhaps his best work was done with Bobby Massie, a good player who needed Hiestand. It has payed off with a new contract for Massie.
Lovie Smith’s staff, including Hiestand, coached the Bears to Super Bowl XLI following the 2006 season. It’s a new year, and the Bears coaching staff hopes they can do something great this year as well.