Jack Del Rio to be introduced Friday

Well Raider Nation, it’s official. Jack Del Rio is the newest head coach of the Oakland Raiders, the club announced Thursday morning. They also announced the press conference will be held on Friday at 1:00 p.m. PST.

Del Rio was raised in nearby Hayward, Calif., and now will become the 19th head coach in Raiders history.

Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie announced seven candidates for the job, including interim head coach Tony Sparano, but ultimately chose the Bay Area-native.

“After a thorough interview and evaluation process, we are excited to announce Jack Del Rio as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders,” said Owner Mark Davis. “I have no doubt that he will make a significant impact and help reach the goal of everyone in this building, which is to win championships.”

McKenzie likes the leadership and experience his new coach brings to the locker room.

“Jack Del Rio brings a strong leadership presence to this organization,” said General Manager Reggie McKenzie. “He has developed an excellent reputation as a coach in this league and we are happy that he is a Raider.”

For another look at Del Rio’s coaching history, look below:

(1997) New Orleans Saints - Assistant Strength Coach

(1998) New Orleans Saints - Linebackers

(1999-2001) Baltimore Ravens - Linebackers

(2002) Carolina Panthers - Defensive Coordinator

(2003-11) Jacksonville Jaguars - Head Coach

(2012-14) Denver Broncos - Defensive Coordinator

(2013: Weeks 10-13) Denver Broncos - Interim Head Coach

(2015) Oakland Raiders - Head Coach

The introductory press conference is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PST at the team’s headquarters in Alameda, Calif. Be sure to check back here at Silver & Black Report as we will be live at headquarters with coverage.

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