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.