The Ravens announced Thursday that they have hired former Rutgers University assistant coach Chris Hewitt to be their assistant special teams coach. The team has also promoted Matt Weiss to defensive assistant.
Hewitt, 37, spent the past eight years at Rutgers. He coached running backs in 2010 and 2011 and cornerbacks in 2008 and 2009 (so no, he wasn't the position coach of Ravens running back Ray Rice when Rice was there). Hewitt was also the director of speed and skill development for the Scarlet Knights for three seasons.
"I'm really excited about being in the NFL," Hewitt said in a statement released by the team. "It's a great opportunity to be working with coach Harbaugh. He is someone I've known for a long time. I look forward to helping this team and learning more -- especially with this being the NFL and the highest level of coaching."
Hewitt played for the University of Cincinnati from 1992 to 1996. At the time, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg were on the coaching staff at Cincinnati. Hewitt, a defensive back, spent three years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. Hewitt has participated in four different training camps as part of the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, including stints with the Ravens in 2006 and then in 2008.
"We believe Chris' maturity, work ethic and overall skill set will enhance our special teams units," Rosburg said. "He brings experience as a coach in a highly-competitive college program and also as a NFL player. Chris is very familiar with our organization, and his core values align well with those of our coaching staff."
Weiss, 28, served as the head coach's assistant from 2009 to 2011. He was on the staff at Stanford University from 2005 to 2008.