A handful of days after it was reported Gary Andersen had filled the lone vacancy on his Wisconsin coaching staff, that move has come to fruition.
UW confirmed via a release Monday that Thomas Brown has been added as Andersen’s running backs coach. Brown served in the same position at Marshall in 2013.
Brown, a former standout running back at Georgia, has been in the coaching profession for just three seasons, including the 2013 season he spent with the Herd. He began his coaching career as part of UGA’s strength and conditioning staff before moving on to Chattanooga as running backs coach.
“I want somebody who really wants to be the running backs coach at Wisconsin and wants to be involved with the Badger football family. And he really wants it,” Andersen said in an interview with the football program’s official website.
“For me, personally, I’ve got to be able to look at the kids in our program and tell them, ‘This guy is going to take care of you and he’s going to be there for you.'”
Thomas Hammock, who spent three very successful seasons with the Badgers,departed the UW program earlier this month to join the Baltimore Ravens as running backs coach. During that time, Hammock oversaw a unit that produced four 1,000-yard seasons from three different players, including two in 2013.
During Brown’s lone season in Huntington, the Herd finished 23rd in the country with an average of 205.9 yards per game. The year before, the Herd finished 54th with 169.2 ypg.
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