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
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."