The Green Bay Packers announced on Friday afternoon that assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg has decided to resign, choosing to spend more time with his family.
Hilgenberg joined the team in 2011 as an offensive quality control coach, and became the Packers' assistant line coach in 2012, working with offensive line coach James Campen. He was a center for the New Orleans Saints from 1984-93, being named to a Pro Bowl in 1992.
"It has been a great experience for me to be with the Green Bay Packers these past few years, and I am thankful for the opportunity I was given,” Hilgenberg said in a statement. “I feel that it is more important now that I have more time to spend with my wife, Jeanie, and our daughter, Anna. I will miss all of the great people in the Packers organization that I have come to know, and I wish everyone the very best in the future.”
Hilgenberg is the second Packers assistant to resign this offseason, following outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene's resignation in January. Like Hilgenberg, Greene was a longtime player who returned to the league as a coach years after he retired, so neither one might have had the itch to become a coaching lifer.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy did not announce plans for a replacement in the release.
“I respect Joel’s decision and understand his desire to focus on his family,” McCarthy said. “We want to thank him for all of his hard work and contributions during his time with the Packers. We wish Joel, Jeanie and Anna all of the best in the years ahead.”