Northern Illinois Hires Thomas Hammock As New Head Football Coach

The Huskies keep it in the family.

After the Huskies’ head football coach, Rod Carey, announced he was leaving to take over the same position at Temple, the university turned to family and found their man.

Today it was announced that Thomas Hammock, a former running back and coach for NIU, would be taking over the reins for the Huskies.

https://twitter.com/NIUAthletics/status/1086281826392571904

Hammock was the running backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens since 2014, but also comes with years of college coaching experience. He was the running backs coach at NUI from 2005 – 2006, offensive coordinator at Minnesota and then moved on to Wisconsin, where he was the assistant head coach and running backs coach at Wisconsin from 2011 – 2013. While with the Badgers, he was in charge of future NFL players such as Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon.

https://twitter.com/NIUCoachHammock/status/1086269537635520512

His success with running backs is obvious, especially with the Ravens. Over the last three years, he was able to coach three running backs, Terrance West, Alex Collins, and Gus Edwards into having career-high rushing seasons, and the Huskies are hoping he can translate that success into big performances for the whole team.

Hammock was a great running back for the Huskies as well, rumbling for 1,000+ yards in his sophomore and junior seasons.

He takes over for Carey who, in six years as head coach, led the Huskies to four division titles, two conference championships and was tabbed as the Coach of the Year in the MAC in 2013.

Congrats to Coach Hammock!