Joe Hamilton promoted at Georgia State

Joe Hamilton has been promoted to running backs coach at Georgia State and he couldn’t be more happy with where he is because of where he was.

Hamilton made his name in college football as the 1999 Heisman Trophy runner-up and ACC player of the year at Georgia Tech.

After a career in the NFL and Arena Football, he was hired as a player personnel assistant at Tech in 2008. However, he resigned a few weeks later after being arrested for DUI, open container, marijuana possession and hit and run. His case closed with a negotiated guilty plea to DUI and open container. The hit-and-run charge was merged into the DUI conviction and the marijuana charge was dropped.

Hamilton, a former standout quarterback at Georgia Tech, had been on coach Bill Curry’s staff as an intern for the past year. His responsibilities included requesting academic transcripts, logging videos of prospects and other behind-the-scenes tasks.

“I made a mistake,” he said. “I worked my butt off to correct it and worked to make sure that I’ll never put myself in that position. I have a new lease on my dream. I did it the right way. It happened because of me grinding and being responsible. The thing I’m most proud of is I spent the past year doing the same type of work that any other coach would have to do. Nothing was given. Everything was earned.”

Hamilton fills the job held by Todd Perry, who resigned to coach high school football. In his new position, Hamilton can recruit for the Panthers, something he couldn’t do as an intern. He said he’s not sure what region he will recruit, though he guessed it might be south Georgia, where Perry recruited. Hamilton is so excited, he said he would go to Kuwait if that’s what Curry asked him to do.

“It’s very exciting to be a coach,” Hamilton said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I stopped playing football. There’s not a better coach or mentor than Bill Curry. I’m just excited to help him at Georgia State.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC

7 comments Add your comment


June 6th, 2011
12:58 pm

Happy for Joe Ham! Proof that one mistake will not kill your career. It’s all about how you react to adversity. Really looking forward to see how he works with the RBs and also giving some tips to QB Kelton Hill.

New faces on campus today. 8 out of the 11 signees now on campus and workouts began this morning.

Only 87 more days…


June 6th, 2011
1:12 pm

Congratulations and excited to have such a great athlete on board. Seems to be an ideal match with KH4 and he couldn’t possibly hurt on the recruiting trails.


June 6th, 2011
1:21 pm

Congrats to Joe Ham! Go State, Go Panthers!


June 6th, 2011
1:49 pm

Congrats to a great guy. I saw him a couple of times after games last year and he is humble unaffected man. Hopefully he can help Kelton out with some pointers. ;)
Go Panthers!


June 6th, 2011
2:04 pm

Congratulations Joe!! Really excited about what you are doing at State and glad to see that you are being recognized. Coach Curry has made yet another GREAT decision. Looking forward to our running game picking up a bit this year.


June 7th, 2011
12:41 am

I saw him at the dorms last year checking on some of the players. Very polite guy.


June 7th, 2011
10:00 am

should have stay at GA TECH instead!! Just as much happy as anyone can be proud of him. He made a huge mistake but I didn’t think he should resign in first place because he was so good to TECH. I am a huge fan of Tech no matter if they lose or win, I am there for them as support. I hope one day he’ll come back to Tech