Former Packer at home in new job

Former Packer Tim Hauck has joined the University of Montana football staff, where he'll find the surroundings familiar and the faces friendly.<P>

Hauck will coach safeties for the Grizzlies, the same position he played for the Packers from 1991-1994 and for Montana from 1987-89.

"Coming out of college, if I wouldn't have made the NFL, that's what I would have wanted to do," Hauck told the University of Montana Missoulian. "About eight years into my NFL career, I was like, 'Man, I don't want to do this forever.' Last year just hanging around and being out of the playing part of it, I realized that this was in my blood and that's what I wanted to do."

The career safety won't have much adjusting to do - he's already quite familiar with the school and his boss. Montana's head coach is Hauck's brother Bobby Hauck, entering his second season at the Grizzlies' helm. The Haucks' uncle Tom Hauck is the team's defensive tackles coach.

"Hiring Tim was the logical choice, being he knows the system," said Bobby Hauck. "He knows the language of our defense and he knows the personnel."

Tim Hauck, 38, played three seasons at Montana after transferring from NAIA Pacific University in Oregon. He was an All-America selection his senior year and was the Big Sky Conference defensive MVP in 1988 and 1989. He signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 1990. He signed with Green Bay on April 1, 1991 the final day of the Plan B period.

During his first season in Green Bay, Hauck backed up free safety Chuck Cecil and followed Cecil's lead as an effective special teams player. Hauck had nine special teams tackles and a fumble recovery in his first Packer campaign. The following season, Hauck again played in all 16 games, forced two fumbles, including one from Pittsburgh's Ron Woodson which led to the Packers' game-winning touchdown. Although hampered by injury in 1993, Hauck ranked second among special teams tacklers with 8. He was inactive for the final three games of the season with a hamstring injury.

Hauck rebounded from the injury to have his best season as a Packer in 1994. He backed up LeRoy Butler at strong safety, starting three games when Butler was out with an injury in weeks 3-5. With 16 special teams tackles, Hauck was just one behind team leader Mike Prior. Hauck also tallied 40 tackles (28 solo) in 13 games. Hauck rebounded from another injury to record four special teams tackles in the playoffs for Green Bay.

He went to Seattle as a free agent in 1995, then was on to Denver, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and San Francisco during a 13-year career that ended in 2002.

"Bobby made it easy for me by giving me the safeties," Tim Hauck said. "It's a pretty natural fit for me just being around that position for so long. If I would have had to coach the D-line, that would have been a major transition.

"I've been around a lot of different coaches and a lot of different philosophies. I've seen a lot of things that can happen. On the other side, it is new to me as far as dealing with kids and being a full-time coach."

Hauck joins the team on the field for the first time when the Grizzlies begin practice 2:30 p.m. today.

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