Former Flowery Branch High and South Carolina standout Connor Shaw has been hired as the tight ends coach for Furman University.
Shaw, who spent time in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears following the 2013 NFL Draft, took the new post after deciding to retire after suffering a series of injuries.
He missed the last three NFL seasons because of injuries, and agreed to join the Paladins during a rehab session in Greenville, S.C.
"On the competitive side, you know, it's always hard to walk away. I was rehabbing here and built some relationships," Shaw told CarolinaFox News earlier this week. "It's frustrating when you have to go through it three years in a row but injuries are just part of the game."
It will be Shaw's first coaching experence. His father, Lee Shaw, is the head coach at Rabun County and his bother, Jaybo Shaw, is the offensive coordinator for the Wildcats.
"I grew up in a coaching family so it's in my blood," Shaw said. "I'm excited about being here and starting my coaching career here at Furman. I'm sure there will be a learning curve."
Shaw started at South Carolina from 2010 to 2013 and is the the winningest quarterback in the school's history with a 27-5 record. Shaw takes over the position formerly held by George Quarles, who was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Paladins.