Georgia Tech hires Griffin, Hamilton

May, 10, 2013
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Georgia Tech has added Matt Griffin, a former head coach, and Joe Hamilton, considered one of Tech’s greatest players, to its staff, the school announced on Friday.

Griffin was hired as director of player personnel. He previously served as head coach at Tennessee-Martin and at Murray State. Hamilton, the runner-up for the 1999 Heisman Trophy, was hired as a recruiting assistant.

“Matt brings a wealth of experience, having been a college head coach,” coach Paul Johnson said in a prepared statement. “He has great relationships with high school coaches and I think he will be a great addition to our staff.

“Joe is one of the all-time greats at Georgia Tech,” Johnson said. “We are excited to have some of our former players back, working at a place they love.”

Excerpts from the release:
The hiring of Griffin and Hamilton mark the first wave of a revamping of Georgia Tech’s player personnel and recruiting coordination efforts. Two assistant directors of player personnel and additional interns will be named in the coming weeks.

Griffin comes to Georgia Tech after serving last season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. Previously, he spent two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an offensive assistant in 2010 and offense quality control in 2011. He served as head coach at Tennessee-Martin from 2003 to 2006, and at Murray State from 2007 to 2009.

Hamilton enjoyed a spectacular career as a four-year starter at quarterback for the Yellow Jackets from 1996-99. Georgia Tech's all-time leader in total offense (10,640 yards), Hamilton won the prestigious Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback and finished second to Wisconsin's Ron Dayne in the voting for the 1999 Heisman Trophy.


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