Here is some biographical information on new Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, who was hired Wednesday to succeed interim coach Tony Sparano:
High school: Hayward High graduate who starred in football, baseball and basketball. He played a key role in the Farmers winning the North Coast Section 2A title in 1979.
College: He played linebacker for Southern California football team and catcher for the baseball team. Recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson and former A’s and Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire were among Del Rio’s teammates on the baseball team at USC. Del Rio started all four years for the football team and was a consensus All-America his senior season.
NFL: The New Orleans Saints selected Del Rio in the third round (No. 68 overall) of the 1985 NFL draft. Del Rio played for the Saints from 1985-86, the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987-88, the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-91 and the Minnesota Vikings from 1992-95. He was selected to the 1994 Pro Bowl and recorded 1,078 tackles during his NFL career.
Did you know: Del Rio was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round of the 1981 Major League draft. Instead, Del Rio accepted a scholarship to Southern Cal.
Coaching: Del Rio’s first NFL coaching job came in 1997, when he was hired by the Saints as their strength and conditioning coach. After two seasons with the Saints, he coached the Baltimore Ravens linebackers from 1999-2001. He was hired by the Carolina Panthers in 2002 and spent one season as their defensive coordinator before he got hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars as their head coach in 2003. Del Rio spent nine seasons with the Jaguars and compiled a 68-71 regular-season record. He spent the past three seasons with the Denver Broncos as their defensive coordinator – he also was the Broncos interim head coach for four games in 2013 when regular head coach John Fox had heart surgery.
Family: Del Rio and his wife Linda have three daughters and a son.