Tony Ball was named running backs coach at the University of Georgia on Feb. 14, 2006, after serving as wide receivers coach at Virginia Tech for eight years (1998-2005). He was named Georgia receivers coach in January, 2009, and in his first two years mentored 2011 NFL first round draft choice A.J. Green and currently coaches Outback Bowl record setting receiver Tavarres King.
His most recent running back pupil is Knowshon Moreno, 2009 first round draft choice of the Denver Broncos. He also coached running backs Thomas Brown, Kregg Lumpkin, Danny Ware, and Brannan Southerland. At UGA, he's been part of a staff that has led Georgia to a record of 4-2 in bowl games.
Ball has a long history of coaching both receivers and running backs. Prior to joining the Virginia Tech staff, Ball served as receivers coach at Louisville (1995-97), running backs coach at the College of The Holy Cross (1992-94), receivers coach at UT-Chattanooga (1990-91), running backs coach at East Tennessee (1989), and receivers coach at UT-Chattanooga (1988).
During the summers of 1996 and '97, Ball participated in the National Football League's Minority Internship Program with the Baltimore Ravens. In 2003 Ball participated in an internship with the Denver Broncos.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Ball was part of Virginia Tech's rapid rise to national prominence having accompanied the Hokies to eight consecutive bowl games while helping them become a regular in the nation's top ten rankings.
Ball is credited with coaching some of the school's greatest receivers including Ernest Wilford (2002-03), the school's all-time receptions leader, the first player in school history to post two 50-catch seasons, and a fourth round choice in the 2004 NFL draft. In addition, Ball coached Andre Davis, one of the Virginia Tech's top three receivers in career catches, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions. Davis was a 2002 second round NFL selection of the Cleveland Browns.
A graduate of UT-Chattanooga, Ball began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay (1985-86) earning his master's degree in health and nutrition.
Ball played football for the late Joe Morrison at UTC where he was a standout running back (1977-80) who set numerous school kickoff return records. In 1977 Ball led the nation in kickoff returns with a 36.4 per return average. In 2007, he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame and in 2003, was named to the UTC All-Century Team. He earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice. Ball is married to the former Maria Ann Slayden. They have two children: Anthony, 21, and Keshea, 20.