Hammock Promoted, Hightower Leaves

Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster announced Friday that running backs coach Thomas Hammock has been promoted to the position of co-offensive coordinator. Brewster also announced that wide receivers coach Richard Hightower has decided to resign his position on the Gophers' staff to pursue another coaching opportunity.

Thomas Hammock, regarded as one of the Gophers' top recruiters and a rising star in the coaching profession, has played an increasing roll in all aspects of the Minnesota offense since his arrival, according to head coach Tim Brewster.

"This promotion is a reward for the tireless work that Thomas has done as both a coach and a recruiter," Brewster said. "He has done an outstanding job with our running backs and has been a huge asset to our staff. Thomas is one of the outstanding your coaches in America and I could not be more please to reward him with the title of co-offensive coordinator. He and Jeff (Horton) will do a great job coordinating our offense."

According to Brewster, a national search for Richard Hightower's replacement is already underway and is expected to be completed soon.

"Richard is an excellent young coach," said Brewster. "I appreciate all the contributions he made to our program and I wish him continued success."

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