Five years to the day after he resigned following an on-campus arrest, Georgia Tech great Joe Hamilton was welcomed back to the Yellow Jackets football staff.
Hamilton, one of the most accomplished and charismatic players to wear the Tech uniform, has been hired to assist in the team’s recruiting efforts. Coach Paul Johnson made the news public through his Twitter account. It was Johnson who also accepted Hamilton’s resignation May 7, 2008, following Hamilton’s on-campus DUI arrest less than two weeks after Johnson had hired him to serve as a player personnel assistant.
“Welcome Joe Hamilton back to the flats to assist in recruiting,” Johnson wrote via his account. “Joe had a great career here and I’m excited he is back.”
Hamilton has been seen on campus recently, at Tech’s signing day ceremonies and also at the spring game April 19. He had not been retained on staff at Georgia State, where he first served as a recruiting intern for coach Bill Curry in 2010 and then as running backs coach for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
As a player at Tech, Hamilton played 43 games that established himself as one of the greatest players in school history. He led the Jackets to a share of the 1998 ACC title as a junior and as a senior finished runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and completed his career as the ACC’s all-time leader in total offense.