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Former North Forsyth standout Thacker joins Falcons staff
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Former North Forsyth football player Andrew Thacker has been hired by the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive assistant. - photo by File photo

Former North Forsyth football player Andrew Thacker has been hired by the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive assistant. The team announced the hiring Monday.

Thacker continues his meteoric rise through the coaching ranks. He joins the Falcons after one season as safeties coach at Southern Mississippi. He spent three seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma State and two seasons in the same role at Central Florida.

“Andrew is a young coach who has experience in major college football and we feel he will be an asset to our staff," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said in a statement.

Thacker played three seasons at North under his stepfather Bruce Miller. He starred on the Raiders’ 2001 team that went 12-2 and reached the Class AAA semifinals. Thacker left North the following season and followed Miller who was hired to be the head coach at Gainesville.

Thacker was a three-year starting defensive back at Furman University. Thacker immediately kick started his coaching career after graduating.

Now, he’ll join a revamped Falcons coaching staff. Atlanta has hired four new assistant coaches, including Thacker, this offseason in an effort to overhaul the team’s identity on the field.