FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2009
Randy Hart Named Notre Dame Defensive Line Coach
39-year coaching veteran completes 2009 Irish football coaching staff
NOTRE DAME, Ind. Randy Hart, defensive line coach the past 21 seasons at
the University of Washington, has been named to the same post at the
University of Notre Dame, Irish head football coach Charlie Weis announced
“I’m thrilled to add someone with the resume and personality of Randy Hart
to our coaching staff, Weis said. As I discussed last week, there were
certain attributes and qualities I was looking for in this hire. First and
foremost, he had to have great chemistry with Jon (Tenuta, defensive
coordinator) and Corwin (Brown, associate head coach). Second, we wanted
someone that was a high-energy coach that could develop our young defensive
line. Lastly, I was looking for a coach that would serve as a great mentor
to (defensive graduate assistant coach) Bryant Young.
“With Randy joining our program we have added a veteran coach of great
character and knowledge that truly completes our coaching staff. I welcome
Randy and Linda along with their sons to the Notre Dame family and look
forward to introducing him to our team soon.
A 39-year coaching veteran, Hart has coached at five other schools in his
career and returns to the Midwest where he coached for 17 of his first 18
years. Prior to Washington (1988-2008), Hart coached at Ohio State (1970-71,
1982-87), Purdue, (1977-81), Iowa State (1973-76) and Tampa (1972).
“Im excited to come to Notre Dame and be part of such a storied and
tradition-rich university,” said Hart. I look forward to working with Coach
Weis, the entire football staff, and our team of young men to perpetuate a
great defense, a great team, and winning football games.”
Hart has been part of 22 bowl teams in his coaching career, including six
Rose Bowls. At Washington he helped guide the Huskies to 12 bowl
appearances, including three-straight Rose Bowl games. His 1991 defensive
unit allowed only 101 points and 1,191 rushing yards in 11 regular season
games en route to winning the schools first national championship. That
unit still holds six Washington defensive team records.
Three times during Hart’s tenure, Washington allowed fewer than 100 rushing
yards per game, including 1990 and 1991 when the Huskies permitted 66.8
yards and 67.1 yards rushing, respectively. Prior to Harts arrival,
Washingtons football team had allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards per game
in a season only four times in the 51-year history of the program.
Four of the eight-best single-season defensive rushing averages in school
history occurred under Harts watch, and six times the Huskies allowed 120.2
rushing yards or less in a season. The 1990 defense owns the school record
for fewest rushing yards allowed in an 11-game season (735 yards), while the
2002 unit permitted 1,270 rushing yards to set the standard for a 13-game
With the Huskies, Hart coached 14 first-team all-Pacific-10 players and 11
of his players were selected in NFL drafts. Hart developed four
All-Americans, three winners of the Morris Trophy (awarded to the Pac-10s
top offensive or defensive lineman) and two players who were named Pac-10
Player of the Year.
Hart’s prized pupil was Steve Emtman, the 1991 recipient of the Lombardi
Award and Outland Trophy. Emtman was a first-team All-American, two-time
winner of the Morris Trophy and the first overall selection in the 1992 NFL
draft by the Indianapolis Colts. In 2007, Emtman was inducted into the
College Football Hall of Fame.
As a standout defensive tackle for Hart, Emtman became the most decorated
defensive player in Husky history. He anchored a defense in 1991 that
allowed just 67.1 rushing yards and 9.2 points per game. Emtman finished
fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting that year after registering 62 tackles
including 20.5 tackles for loss.
D’Marco Farr also was a member of the 1991 national championship team and
became the top defensive player in the Pac-10 under Harts guidance in 1992
and 1993. He was the recipient of the Morris Trophy in 1993 when he totaled
66 tackles and 19 tackles for loss.
Hart produced the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1996 when Jason
Chorak paced the conference with a school-record 14.5 sacks and 22 tackles
for loss. He was named first-team All-America that season and followed that
by being placed on the All-America second team in 1997. Chorak finished his
career as the schools all-time leader with 61.5 tackles for loss and ranked
third with 25.5 career sacks.
Several other players for Hart enjoyed NFL careers, including Dennis Brown,
David Richie, Tyrone Rodgers, Jamal Fountain, Jabari Issa, Mac Tuiaea, Larry
Tripplett and Terry “Tank” Johnson. As the Huskies’ defensive coordinator
from 1995-98, Hart also helped develop future second-round draft picks
Lawyer Milloy and Tony Parrish.
Prior to his tenure at Washington, Hart was the defensive line coach at Ohio
State, his alma mater, from 1982-87. His return to Columbus marked his
second coaching stint with the Buckeyes and the third time he coached under
Earle Bruce. Hart went to five bowl games in his six years at Ohio State,
including the 1983 Fiesta Bowl, 1985 Rose Bowl and 1987 Cotton Bowl.
Hart coached the defensive line at Purdue from 1977-81 under head coach Jim
Young and broke into the coaching industry with his first full-time job at
the University of Tampa in 1972 under Bruce. Hart served as the offensive
line coach in his only season at Tampa before following Bruce to Iowa State
where he switched sides and started his defensive line coaching career with
the Cyclones from 1973-76. He worked as a graduate assistant, focusing on
the offensive line, with Ohio State in 1970-71.
Hart was a three-time letterwinner for the Ohio State football team as a
6-2, 234-pound offensive guard. He was a member of the 1969 Rose Bowl
championship team that defeated USC 27-16, to cap a perfect 10-0 season en
route to being named national champion. Hart was also a member of the Ohio
State wrestling team for the 1966 season.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hart was born March 9, 1948, and graduated from
South High School in Willoughby, Ohio. He earned his bachelors degree in
education from Ohio State in 1970 and a masters degree in education in
1974, also from Ohio State. Hart and his wife Linda have two sons, Jay and
John. John was a three-time letterwinner on the Washington football team and
graduated in 2002.
Hart replaces Jappy Oliver who resigned in January to pursue other
THE HART FILE
Year School Assignment
1970-71 Ohio State Graduate Assistant
1972 Tampa Offensive Line
1973-76 Iowa State Defensive Line
1977-80 Purdue Defensive Line
1981 Purdue Defensive Line/Administrative Asst. to
1982-87 Ohio State Defensive Line
1988-94 Washington Defensive Line
1995-98 Washington Assistant Head Coach/Defensive
1999-2008 Washington Defensive Line
2009 Notre Dame Defensive Line
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