Kill Announces Departure of Hammock

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill has announced the resignation of running backs coach Thomas Hammock and the promotion of Brian Anderson to fill that void.

Hammock was a member of the Gopher coaching staff since 2007. He served as running backs coach from 2007-2009, before earning a promotion to co-offensive coordinator for the 2010 season, while continuing to work with the running backs.

"This is a situation where the stability in our staff hurt us a bit," Kill said. "This had nothing to do with money. It had to do with advancement in his career. Thomas felt that the stability of our coordinator situation meant that the opportunity to advance from running backs coach to offensive coordinator would come quicker at Wisconsin than it would here. I appreciate what Thomas has done for us in the transition and I wish him the best."

Anderson has been a member of Kill's staff for the last 10 years as an on-field assistant before taking joining the Minnesota staff as the defensive quality control assistant earlier this winter. He coached the tight ends at Northern Illinois for the previous three years and coached the wide receivers and kick returners at Southern Illinois from 2001-07.

"Brian Anderson has been with me for a long time," Kill said. "He'll step right in and be ready to go. Brian had every right to be upset with me when I took this job and asked him to take an off-the-field position here. But he swallowed it up for the team. I told him if he came here and something like this happened, then I don't have to worry about the transition.

"That shows what kind of team player Brian is," Kill added. "Brian Anderson is a tremendous coach and I'm excited about getting him on the field with our team. We won't miss a beat with him taking over this role."

Prior to joining Coach Kill's staff at Southern Illinois, Anderson coached at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College from 1997-2000. At Coffeyville, three of his student-athletes went on to play in the National Football League. Anderson also coached for two seasons at Highland Community College in Kansas (1996-97). He began his coaching career at Western Illinois, serving as a student assistant in 1994, before being promoted to the restricted earnings position coaching the wide receivers in 1995-96.

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