Northern Illinois taps alum from Ravens staff Thomas Hammock as next coach

Chicago Tribune

Thomas Hammock is coming home to Northern Illinois.

The former star running back for the Huskies was announced Friday morning as the 23rd head football coach — and first African-American — in the program’s history. Hammock, 37, spent the last five seasons in the NFL as the Ravens running backs coach.

“I can’t describe it,” Hammock said in a statement. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to have the opportunity to come home to a place that I love, to the school that has meant so much to me. I can’t wait to get started with the players and have a chance to put a product on the field that the alumni and fans will be proud of.”

He succeeds Rod Carey, who left last week after six seasons to become Temple’s coach.

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