The Northern Illinois Huskies have reportedly found a new head coach. According to a report from Adam Rittenberg of ESPN, the Huskies are going with a former Huskies running back and assistant coach as their new head coach.
So, who is the new head coach at Northern Illinois? Baltimore Ravens running backs coach Thomas Hammock has been tabbed to lead the Huskies moving forward.
Hammock takes over for Rod Carey who led the Huskies for six seasons before leaving to take the head coaching job at Temple.
Here’s the news from Rittenberg.
SOURCE: Northern Illinois is hiring Baltimore Ravens running backs coach Thomas Hammock as its next head coach. Hammock, a former Huskies running back and assistant, will be introduced Friday at news conferences in DeKalb and Chicago. https://t.co/AvizU4zJx8
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 18, 2019
Hammock played for the Huskies from 1999-2002. He twice ran for more than 1,000 yards in a season, his sophomore and junior seasons where he racked up 1,083 and 1,096 rushing yards respectively.
During his sophomore campaign, Hammock ran for 16 touchdowns which placed him third in the conference behind Robert Sanford and Chester Taylor.
After his playing days came to an end, Hammock was a graduate assistant at Wisconsin before eventually becoming the running backs coach at Northern Illinois. He worked his way through the ranks until he landed with John Harbaugh as the running backs coach for the Ravens – a position he held since 2014.
Now he’s headed home to lead the Huskies.