ATHENS — Thomas Brown has left Georgia to accept a coaching position at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Brown, a strength and conditioning assistant with the Bulldogs, will coach running backs for the Mocs, an FCS (formerly I-AA) program. The official announcement was made Wednesday by UTC head coach Russ Huesman.
“Really, when I started last January, my original plan was just to work as hard as I could to help Georgia win games as a strength,” said Brown, who was busy packing and handling domestic affairs at his home in Buford Wednesday afternoon. “I wasn’t really thinking about anything beyond that other than to see how I fit into college coaching and learn as much as I could about the game.”
As it happened, Mocs offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield contacted Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo this past week to ask about Brown. Brown visited the Chattanooga campus this past weekend and agreed to take the job earlier this week.
“We ended up exchanging emails for a couple of days, then I went up there to meet with them,” Brown said. “Obviously it went well. It’s a good opportunity for both of us and I’m looking forward to getting to work”
Brown, a Tucker native, was a four-year UGA letterman as a running back. He returned to his alma mater in January of 2011 to help the Bulldogs with their off-season conditioning and weight training.
Brown becomes the third member of director Joe Tereshinski’s strength staff to leave in 2012. John Kasay, who was working part-time, returned to retirement as planned in January. Longtime assistant Keith Gray left the first week of February to take a similar position with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
That leaves Tereshinski with just two full-time assistants: Rex Bradberry and Tony Gilbert. New NCAA legislation that will go into effect in August limits to five the number of full-timers on strength staffs. So Georgia is expected to hire two more assistants. Some strength staffs, such as Alabama’s, have as many as eight assistants.
Brown said Georgia fans need be worried about the state of the Bulldogs’ strength and conditioning program.
“No concerns at all,” he said. “I could see how some people might think that with three of us leaving. But all three of us had different situations. We’re heading in the right direction right now. We turned things around last year and have a lot of talented young guys coming back. The Georgia strength program is fine.”
Brown was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft after rushing for 2,646 yards and 23 touchdown for the Bulldogs from 2004-07. He played for the Falcons and Cleveland Browns before a knee injury sidelined his football career.
Brown holds a UGA degree in speech communication. He and his wife, Jessica, have two children, Orlando and Tyson.