Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told WNST.net last week on Radio Row in New York that the Baltimore Ravens would be looking outside the organization to fill the holes in the coaching staff left after the hire of Gary Kubiak, and some names began to come in Wednesday with some clarity.
Pete Roussel, a former college coach, of CoachingSearch.com reported Wednesday that the Ravens have hired Wisconsin RB coach Thomas Hammock to the same position.
The Ravens have not announced the hire, but Wisconsin HC Gary Anderson did announce that Hammock was leaving the program.
“To my players, I love all you guys and really enjoyed working with you & helping you develop. It’s been the best 3 years of my career so far,” Hammock said on his Twitter page.
Hammock had been the RBs coach and assistant head coach for the University of Wisconsin since 2011. Prior to that, he was at the University of Minnesota from 2007-2010 as RBs coach and co-offensive coordinator in 2010.
During his time in Madison, Hammock was instrumental in the success of many bruising running backs, including Montee Ball‘s Doak Walker Award-winning season in 2011 (1,923 yards, 33 TDs).
This season, James White and Melvin Gordon rushed for an NCAA record for a pair of running backs with 3,689 yards.
Other backs that Hammock has mentored in his coaching career include Northern Illinois’ Garrett Wolfe.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens beat out two other NFL teams for Hammock’s services.
Roussel also reported that former NFL WR and Pittsburgh Panthers WRs Bobby Engram could also be a candidate for the Ravens WRs coach.