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Marshall hires football assistant

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 06:35 PM

HUNTINGTON — Former NFL player Thomas Brown was hired as Marshall University’s football running backs coach.

Brown joined the Thundering Herd after one season on the Chattanooga coaching staff.

“Thomas is an excellent addition to our staff,” Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said in a news release. “He has competed at the highest level of our sport and has a tremendous reputation in Atlanta with players and coaches alike.

“We are pleased to welcome Thomas and his family to our program.”

Before going to Chattanooga, Brown spent one year (2011) working with the football program at the University of Georgia on the strength and conditioning staff.

He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent the 2009 season with the Cleveland Browns.

Brown was a four-year starter for the Georgia Bulldogs and ended his career as the fifth-leading rusher in school history. He was part of the 2005 Southeastern Conference championship team.

He was a standout player in the Atlanta area at Tucker High School.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to join the staff here at Marshall,” Brown said. “I am looking forward to working with some talented student-athletes and becoming a member of the Marshall community.”

He has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Georgia.

Brown and his wife, Jessica, have two children, Orlando and Tyson.