On the same day the Ravens made the hiring of new running backs coach Thomas Hammock official, it appears that head coach John Harbaugh has taken the final step to complete his coaching staff for the 2014 season.
Former NFL wide receiver and current University of Pittsburgh assistant Bobby Engram is set to become the Ravens’ new wide receivers coach, according to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com. Engram would be replacing the departed Jim Hostler, who accepted a position with the Buffalo Bills last week after he did not receive Baltimore’s offensive coordinator job that went to Gary Kubiak.
Engram spent 14 years playing in the NFL before spending the 2011 season with the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh, who presumably gave him an endorsement in speaking to his older brother. A record-setting receiver at Penn State, Engram spent the last two years as Pitt’s wide receivers coach.
Spending time with Chicago, Seattle, and Kansas City in his professional career, Engram amassed more than 7,500 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns.
The Ravens officially announced Thursday that they’d hired Hammock, who has 11 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent the last three seasons as the University of Wisconsin’s running backs coach and assistant head coach. Hammock previously spent time coaching the running backs at the University of Minnesota (2007-2010) as well as at Northern Illinois (2005-2006), his alma mater.
“Take a look at Thomas’ college resume,” Harbaugh said in a team statement. “It’s impressive, and it’s clear he can teach, coach, and help players become better. He’s an impressive person, and we’re looking forward to seeing him coach our players.”
During Hammock’s three seasons as the Badgers’ running backs coach, they ranked third nationally in rushing yards per attempt (5.7), fourth in rushing touchdowns (121), and seventh overall in rushing yards per game (251.1), with each category also leading the Big Ten during this span.
Hammock’s most famous pupil was 2013 second-round pick Montee Ball, who won the 2012 Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back and set the NCAA all-time record for rushing touchdowns (77). With Ball off to the NFL to play for the Denver Broncos last season, Hammock guided senior James White and sophomore Melvin Gordon to rush for a combined 3,053 yards, an NCAA single-season record for a pair of teammates.
“The opportunity to coach at the highest level excites me,” Hammock said. “To come to an organization that is committed to winning and has a coaching staff that is so respected is a tremendous opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting started. Working with coach Harbaugh, learning the offense and working with coach Kubiak, and then coaching these outstanding Ravens players, is special.”
Engram and Hammock will join Kubiak, quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison, and tight ends coach Brian Pariani as new additions to Harbaugh’s coaching staff this season. Senior defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo was appointed as the new secondary coach to replace Teryl Austin, who became the new defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions last month.