What was common knowledge became official Thursday morning when the Raiders announced Jack Del Rio would be their head coach in 2015.
Del Rio, 51, will be introduced at a news conference at the team facility Friday at approximately 1 p.m.
“After a thorough interview and evaluation process, we are excited to announce Jack Del Rio as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders,” owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “I have no doubt that he will make a significant impact and help reach the goal of everyone in the building, which is to win championships.”
Del Rio, born in Castro Valley and raised in Hayward, won out over interim coach Tony Sparano following a Wednesday interview with Davis, general manager Reggie McKenzie and Hall of Fame coach John Madden.
“Jack Del Rio brings a strong leadership presence to the organization,” McKenzie said in a statement. “He has developed an excellent reputation as a coach in this league and we are happy that he is a Raider.”