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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall football Coach Doc Holliday announced Monday that Anthony Midget has been named an assistant coach on the defensive side of Herd's coaching staff.

Midget, who served as Georgia State's defensive coordinator in 2012 and secondary coach and special teams coordinator since 2008, was an All-American defensive back at Virginia Tech before being selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2000 NFL Draft. The Clewiston, Fla., native also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Anthony is an excellent addition to our staff," Holliday said. "He brings us a wealth of experience, not only as a coach, but also a scholar-athlete who competed at the highest level."

Albert Wilson, a GSU wide receiver who was recruited by Midget, was named the CAA Co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012 after leading the league with a 25.9-yard kickoff return average.

Under Midget, Georgia State's special teams excelled in the 2010 inaugural season. GSU was not eligible for official NCAA statistical rankings, but the Panthers' net punting average (37.34) and kickoff return average (24.20) would have ranked among the top 10 nationally. The GSU specials teams also contributed two kickoff returns for touchdowns and a blocked punt, and placekicker Iain Vance earned third-team all-America recognition. In 2011, the Panthers ranked 23rd nationally in punt return average (11.1).

"It's an honor to be coaching at Marshall," Midget said. "I was recruited out of high school by Coach Holliday and I have great relationships with fellow assistants J.C. Price (another former Virginia Tech star) and JaJuan Seider, so it's wonderful to have that familiarity.

"One of the things that drew me to Marshall was how connected the Huntington community is to the football program. I look forward to experiencing that firsthand and helping the Thundering Herd achieve greatness."

Midget came to GSU in 2008 after spending the 2007 season as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech, helping the Hokies to the Atlantic Coast Conference title and a berth in the FedEx Orange Bowl.

Midget also served five years (2002-07) coaching at Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, Fla., where his positions included assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach and running backs coach. He also coached track, weightlifting and basketball and taught physical education.

A four-year letter winner (1996-99) and three-year starter at cornerback at Virginia Tech, Midget helped the Hokies to four straight bowl games, capped by an appearance in the Sugar Bowl for the BCS National Championship following the 1999 season.

He earned All-America third team honors from The Sporting News as well as first-team All-Big East accolades in 1999. The Dean's List student also made the Big East All-Academic Team.

Midget graduated from Virginia Tech in 1999 with a degree in sociology. He has a daughter, Anaiya.