Todd Hartley, a native of Gray, Ga., and graduate of Jones County High School, was named a graduate assistant on defense for Georgia's coaching staff following the 2009 spring practice. Hartley originally joined the Bulldogs as a student assistant at the end of the 2005 season and worked with the offense and special teams until the spring of 2008.
Georgia had an 11-win season and tallied three bowl victories during Hartley's years working with the Bulldogs in 2006-07-09 including a 41- 10 rout of #10 Hawai'i in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. He was instrumental in preparation of the Georgia defense for the 2009 Independence Bowl at a time only one full time assistant was on staff.
Hartley joined former Georgia tight ends coach Dave Johnson, who became West Virginia's offensive line coach in 2008, on the Mountaineers staff before the 2008 season as an offensive graduate assistant. Hartley worked with the running backs and slot receivers and assisted with recruiting as the Mountaineers wrapped up their season with a 9-4 record, including a victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Hartley graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Health and Physical Education in May, 2008.