spagHead coach John Harbaugh announced this afternoon that the Baltimore Ravens have hired Steve Spagnuolo, the former St. Louis Rams head coach, to become the team’s Senior Defensive Assistant position.

Spagnuolo, who also was defensive coordinator with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints, reunites with his friend in Harbaugh who were both coaches during Andy Reid’s tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2007.

Harbaugh was ecstatic to bring Spagnuolo aboard to work with a defense that has been totally revamped after losing six starters to free-agency this off-season. Harbaugh exuded praise during his announcement today, via the Baltimore Ravens website:

“His wealth of NFL coaching experience speaks for itself, and he’ll help us across the board,” Harbaugh said. “We think he can help with every position on the defense, and we’ll take full advantage of his knowledge and excellent teaching abilities. The Ravens got better today with the addition of an outstanding coach and person like Steve.”

Spagnuolo knows how to utilize talent as he helped to build a winner in New York with the Giants into a Super Bowl champion, could help improve the Ravens numbers on defense who finished 17th in total defense in 2012.

Spagnuolo isn’t the only former Eagles coach to join John Harbaugh’s staff, Juan Castillo joined Harbaugh’s staff late last season after he was fired from the Eagles, and now officially has the title of run-game coordinator and works with the offensive lineman.