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Ravens Running Backs Coach Thomas Hammock to be Named NIU Head Coach

January 17, 2019 - 7:42 am

By Joe Schiller 

The Baltimore Ravens are just over one week into the offseason and things are already beginning to move at a rapid pace.

They have a new general manager in Eric DeCosta, a new offensive coordinator in Greg Roman, are in search of a new wide receivers coach and now have another coaching vacancy to add to the list. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Ravens running backs coach Thomas Hammock will be named the next head football coach of North Illinois University.

Per Rittenberg, Hammock will be introduced today. 

Hammock recently completed his fifth season as the running backs coach in Baltimore and helped guide a ground attack that averaged 152.6 yards per game – second-best only behind the Seattle Seahawks.

He’s likely the forgotten figure since his name doesn’t appear in the box score but Hammock is an undervalued piece of the coaching staff in the eyes of the common fan. Players like Terrance West, Alex Collins and most recently Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards have had success under Hammock’s guide.

That’s an impressive feat, considering the aforementioned names were third-round, fourth-round and fifth-round picks, along with an undrafted rookie.

Hammock played collegiately at NIU as a running back and returned as a running backs coach from 2005-2006. The Huskies lost head coach Rod Carey this offseason, who left to take the head coaching job at Temple University.

With success comes bigger opportunities and it's a well-deserved promotion for Hammock. The Ravens are now in search of a new running backs coach for a staff that's going to look different under John Harbaugh this season.