On Saturday, the Falcons named three more assistants to new head coach Mike Smith’s coaching staff. The team added Ray Hamilton as defensive line coach, Gerald Brown as running backs coach, and Glenn Thomas in offensive quality control.
Hamilton has extensive experience coaching some of the best and brightest defensive lineman over the years. He most recently finished his fifth season as the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach. He finished a nine-year playing career with the New England Patriots in 1981. During his career, he started 117 games at nose tackle and finished his career with 54 sacks. He got into coaching as an assistant defensive line coach with the Patriots in 1985. He also coached defensive lines for Tampa Bay (1991), University of Tennessee (1992), Los Angeles Raiders (1993-94), New York Jets (1995-96, 2000), New England (1997-99), and Cleveland (2001-02). Under him, he has produced a total of six Pro Bowl seasons between three different players: John Henderson, Marcus Stroud, and Chester McGlockton. He has also had a hand in the development of top linemen such as current Falcon John Abraham, Hugh Douglas, Shaun Ellis, Willie McGinest, and Eric Swann. And has coached some of the greats including Howie Long, Greg Townsend, and Dexter Manley.
Brown comes to the Falcons from Indiana Univesity, where this past season he was promoted to assistant head coach, adding to his duties as running backs coach and special teams coordinator. He has been at Indiana since 2002. His sole foray into professional coaching came in 2001, where he was the running backs coach for the Memphis Maniax of the XFL. Prior to that he worked ten years at Tennessee Tech (1989-98) and six years at Tennessee (1983-88). While at Tennessee Tech, he worked with new Falcons head coach Mike Smith, and was in charge of quarterbacks, wide receivers, and special teams at various times during that stint.
Thomas got his start in coaching in 2001 as the receivers coach for Midwestern State, a Division II school. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2004. In 2006, Midwestern State had the top-ranked offense in Division II, compiling 470 yards per game and placing second with 40 points per game.