Hiring brother 'logical choice,' says Hauck

Updated: August 10, 2004, 1:41 PM ET
Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. -- University of Montana football coach Bobby Hauck has hired his brother Tim Hauck, a 13-year NFL veteran, to coach safeties.

Tim Hauck played safety with New England, Green Bay, Seattle, Denver, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and San Francisco during an NFL career that ended in 2002.

"Bobby made it easy for me by giving me the safeties," Tim Hauck told the Missoulian newspaper in a story Tuesday. "It's a pretty natural fit for me just being around that position for so long."

A position opened last week when Griz assistant head coach and defensive ends coach Fred von Appen retired.

"He's played in God knows how many defensive systems," Bobby Hauck, who is entering his second season at the helm in Missoula, said of brother Tim. "He's got a pretty broad-based knowledge, and I think he relates well with our staff and players."

Tim Hauck has watched UM practices and spent time around the coaching offices. The Griz start practice Wednesday.

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

Tim Hauck was an All-American at Montana in the late 1980s.

His hiring shuffles the defensive staff. Defensive coordinator Jeff Hammerschmidt, who coached safeties last season, will coach the cornerbacks. Ty Gregorak, who coached corners last season, will coach linebackers. Kraig Paulson, who coached linebackers, will coach defensive ends.

Another Hauck, Tim and Bobby's uncle, Tom, will continue to coach defensive tackles.

Paulson has also been named the new assistant head coach, replacing von Appen.

Tim Hauck said he thinks coaching will suit him.

"About eight years into my NFL career, I was like, 'Man, I don't want to do this forever,' " Tim Hauck said. "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."

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