Zook, 60, was an assistant special teams coach to Shawn Slocum last season. Slocum was fired last month.
Congratulations to our new Special Teams coordinator Ron Zook.— Sam Barrington (@Sam_Barrington_) February 5, 2015
My tweet earlier was not official. It stemmed from an article I read.— Sam Barrington (@Sam_Barrington_) February 5, 2015
In the NFC Championship Game last month, the Packers committed two key mistakes on special teams. In the third quarter, the team allowed a fake field goal by the Seattle Seahawks, and in the fourth quarter, they failed to recover an onside kick.
In his annual special teams rankings, Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News placed the Packers in last place in the league.
Before joining the Packers, Zook was the head coach at Illinois from 2005 through 2011, compiling a 85-34 record. He had a 23-14 record as Florida's head coach from 2002 through 2004.
Zook was the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001. Packers coach Mike McCarthy was the Saints' offensive coordinator during Zook's stint with the team.
This post has been updated to reflect Barrington's later tweet.