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Baltimore Ravens Hire 11-Year Collegiate Veteran As Running Backs Coach

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The Baltimore Ravens have hired Thomas Hammock as their running backs coach.

"Take a look at Thomas' college resume. It's impressive, and it's clear he can teach, coach and help players become better," head coach John Harbaugh said. "He's an impressive person, and we're looking forward to seeing him coach our players."

An 11-year collegiate coaching veteran, Hammock joins the NFL ranks after spending the past three seasons (2011-13) as the University of Wisconsin's assistant head coach/running backs coach/recruiting coordinator. Prior to his time with the Badgers, he coached at the University of Minnesota from 2007-10, serving as its running backs coach all four seasons and also as co-offensive coordinator in 2010. Hammock guided the running backs at his alma mater, Northern Illinois, 2005-06 following two years (2003-04) as a graduate assistant at Wisconsin.

"The opportunity to coach at the highest level – and that's what the NFL is – 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 [Gary] Kubiak, and then coaching these outstanding Ravens players, is special. I feel very honored and fortunate to be here. My wife and I and our two children are looking forward to being part of the Baltimore community."

During Hammock's three seasons as Wisconsin's running backs coach, the Badgers 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 ypg), with each category also leading the Big Ten during this span.

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