ATLANTA--Thomas Brown, formerly a standout running back at the University of Georgia and in the National Football League, has joined the Georgia State football staff as running backs coach, head coach Trent Miles announced.

Brown comes to Georgia State after one season as the running backs coach at Chattanooga. He helped the Mocs to a winning season at 6-5, a mark that included overtime losses to nationally-ranked teams Georgia Southern and Wofford.

"We are very fortunate to add Thomas Brown, a bright young coach and an Atlanta native, to our staff," said Miles. "He was one of the best players in the nation coming out of Tucker High School - I know because I tried to recruit him at Notre Dame - and he had an outstanding career.

"Thomas has a passion for the game, for recruiting and for working with young people, and he has great ties in the area."

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

Brown was a prep standout in the Atlanta area at Tucker High School before going on to an all-star career at Georgia, where he was a four-year starter and a member of the Bulldogs' 2005 Southeastern Conference championship squad. After finishing his career as the fifth-leading rusher in Georgia history, he was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He then spent the 2009 season with the Cleveland Browns.

He earned his bachelor's degree in speech communication from Georgia.

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