The Ravens announced they've hired Chris Hewitt as their assistant special teams coach and have promoted Matt Weiss to defensive assistant.
Hewitt has spent the last eight seasons as an assistant at Rutgers University, most recently serving as the Scarlet Knights' running backs coach from 2010-11. Hewitt also had stints coaching Rutgers' cornerbacks (2008-09), serving as the director of speed and skill development (2005-07) and working as a graduate assistant (2004).
Hewitt, who saw action in 39 games over three NFL seasons as a player, has personal ties to two of his new bosses. He played college ball at the University of Cincinnati from 1992-96, and was coached by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, who both had a number of coaching roles with the Bearcats.
"I'm really excited about being in the NFL," Hewitt said in a statement. "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."
Now, Hewitt will work directly under Rosburg. The 37-year-old Hewitt will replace Marwan Maalouf, who served as the Ravens' assistant special teams coach the last four seasons before leaving to become the Colts' special teams coordinator.
"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, had spent the last three seasons as the head coach's assistant, supporting Harbaugh with administrative duties while also working in a defensive quality control capacity. He also helped compile opposing scouting reports, worked closely with scout teams in practice and served as a liaison for in-game coach's challenges.