Jim Mora will succeed Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, beginning with the 2009 season.
After serving as the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach for one more season, the 46-year-old Mora will begin a new four-year contract as head coach.
Seahawks president Tim Ruskell and chief executive officer Tod Leiweke both emphasized during a news conference yesterday that the move gives the team stability and unity.
"What [Holmgren has] done here, by announcing his retirement a year ahead of time, has afforded this organization to make a smooth transition, to be seamless, to be non-chaotic," Ruskell said. "Which is kind of rare in the sports world.
"We all know about the elongated processes and the back-stabbing, some of the ugly things that can go on. Well, we're not going to have that."
Holmgren pushed for the announcement now, so players who are poised to enter free agency next month can judge Seattle while knowing who its coach will be beyond next season.
"This makes a lot of sense for the organization," Holmgren said. "Jim is a talented coach who already had a measure of success in this league."